Saturday, February 12, 2011
The Eagle - movie review
It just might be the best bromance of the year. You've got Channing Tatum in one of his best roles. You know, he's the heart of a solider. And he's showing you old style, like 140 A.D. How it was for a Centurion in Brittan.
For the man or woman who loves the art of war, its packed with how they gathered to gather with their sheilds to protect themselves, and fought with their swords. Channing's character also was the true honorable solider who held on to his father's past with the symbol of the eagle. Basically, his religion.
Then his character, Marcus, who has had an honorable discharge after saving his men and a very bad leg injury..saves a slave at the local gladiator meet, or what ever it is that they do at those things. Oh, yeah, live fighting to the death. So Jamie Bell is Esca, from the north.
Since all Marcus can think of is being a solider and getting back the emblem his father took with him when the rest of the Romans vanished in the glens of the north, he decides to go North and he brings his Celtic slave with him. Soon enough, they enter the bad lands of Brittan and they have to switch roles.
Jamie Bell definitely knows how to make the other actor shine, and he did this, very well in this film with Channing Tatum.
Both have a real knack for being any man out in the field of battle. Both have made many a movie as life of a solider.
Of course, this will not be a movie for a Valentine, unless you have a hankering for history and have to see your Channing Tatum anyway you can get him, or it might be Jamie Bell. I am always up for a Jamie Bell film. Truly, though, I liked this bromance.
STORYLINE: In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. Written by Focus Features
Based on Rosemary Sutcliff's novel THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH.
Trivia: from a 1977 TV series based on this novel. Anthony Higgins played Marcus and Christian Rodska played Esca.