Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Centurion

Switched things up last night and checked out an action film instead of the usual horror flick. It did have pedigree though, being directed by Neil Marshall, who is known for such genre flicks as Dog Soldiers, The Descent and Doomsday. It was pretty damn awesome.

It has a lot in common with some of Marshall's other flicks, mainly being set around a group of people who are fighting against overwhelming odds to try and survive. In this case, it's a band of centurions, led by Micheal Fassbender, who are trying to get back home after their legion is slaughtered by the Picts. Unfortunately for them, they are being hunted by a mute tracker who exudes a demonic intensity and will stop at nothing until she has their heads.

It's a solid film, based very loosely on the story of the Lost Legion. Nobody really knows how it disappeared, so it's an interpretation of what could have happened, but it's a fun ride. It has Marshall's trademark goriness but it all fits considering people are being beheaded and slaughtered via gladius swords and other fun weapons.

The cast does well with their roles. Fassbender is absolutely enthralling in the lead and the men he leads are all good as well, the only one I knew off the bad being Mickey from Doctor Who. Olga Kurylenko makes for a wicked hunter and she is a scary presence throughout the film.

It's another hit from Marshall. I think it works better than Doomsday, which seemed a bit long. This one clocks in at a little over an hour and a half and none of it seems wasted. A good choice if you're in the mood for some historical action. Check it out.

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