Centurion

Centurion

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Director: Neil Marshall, Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko

Cast: Neil Marshall, Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko

     
 

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A Roman soldier (Michael Fassbender) leads a small band of troops on a mission to rescue a key Roman general after becoming trapped in the territory of their sworn enemies in this period action-adventure film from director Neil Marshall (The Descent,

Overview

A Roman soldier (Michael Fassbender) leads a small band of troops on a mission to rescue a key Roman general after becoming trapped in the territory of their sworn enemies in this period action-adventure film from director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Doomsday). The year is A.D. 117. Despite the growing strength of the Roman Empire, a fierce tribe known as the Picts has prevented Hadrian's armies from conquering northern Britain. The Picts offer a devastating display of their guerilla power when they raid a Roman frontier fort, and Quintus just barely manages to escape with his life. Thirsting for revenge, Quintus joins General Virilus' Ninth Legion as the squadron begins traveling north on a mission to find and kill Gorlacon, the leader of the Picts. That mission is complicated when the Ninth Legion is ambushed and General Virilus is captured, leaving his men stranded behind enemy lines. Now, as the Quintus and the surviving members of the Ninth Legion are hunted from the shadows, they prepare to make one last, desperate bid to save General Virilus and reach the Roman frontier before being captured or killed by the Picts.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Fearless Roman soldiers take on fierce guerrilla warriors in Centurion, director Neil Marshall's brutal and exciting historical action adventure. With sweeping camerawork that gives the action an appropriately majestic scope, inventive battle scenes that don't sacrifice coherence for style, and tough characters that aren't just cardboard cutouts, it's got all of the elements that make a Marshall film great, wrapped up in an original story that remains fresh and exciting despite its familiar trappings. In short, Centurion is everything that Marcus Nispel's Pathfinder wanted to be, but executed by a filmmaker with genuine talent for storytelling. The year is A.D. 117. Despite the growing strength of the Roman Empire, a fierce tribe known as the Picts has prevented Hadrian's armies from conquering northern Britain. The Picts offer a devastating display of their guerrilla power when they raid a Roman frontier fort, and Quintus (Michael Fassbender) just barely manages to escape with his life. Thirsting for revenge, Quintus joins General Virilus' Ninth Legion as the squadron begins traveling north on a mission to find and kill Gorlacon, the leader of the Picts. That mission is complicated when the Picts ambush the Ninth Legion and capture General Virilus, leaving his men stranded behind enemy lines. Now, as Quintus and the surviving members of the Ninth Legion are hunted from the shadows, they prepare to make one last desperate bid to save General Virilus and reach the Roman frontier before being captured or killed by the Picts. With Centurion, Marshall brings all of the elements that his fans have come to expect from the director -- tough-as-nails characters, bloody action, stylized visuals, and impossible odds -- together in a way that helps to instill a familiar story with a sense of urgency and originality. Whereas Marshall's previous film, Doomsday, was essentially a hybridized remake of Escape from New York and The Road Warrior, Centurion doesn't wear its influences so readily on its sleeve, and for that reason it's the director's own abilities -- not his influences -- that help to distinguish and define the film. Likewise, by setting the movie against the backdrop of an ongoing war that's hit a stalemate, and pitting the more traditional Roman army against a breed of warriors who don't abide by the accepted rules of combat, Marshall draws some interesting parallels between that conflict and a certain quagmire in the Middle East that will prove especially tantalizing to history buffs. Like the very best genre filmmakers, he's got more on his mind than making our pulses race. But, fortunately for his audience, Marshall hasn't gone entirely political; it's obvious that his primary goal with Centurion is to entertain, and in typical fashion he accomplishes that goal with energy to spare. Not only is Centurion a gorgeous film to look at, it's constantly chugging forward at a pace that keeps us involved with the story while we anticipate the next big action scene -- which is never too far off. Anyone familiar with Marshall's filmography knows he's a writer with a knack for creating strong, swaggering characters, and with Centurion he continues that tradition by not only playing up the macho camaraderie of the Roman soldiers, but also pitting them against a fierce female huntress who is easily their equal on the battlefield. And despite her striking similarities to a certain tribally tattooed cannibal from Doomsday, Olga Kurylenko gives the taciturn character of Etain an added dimension thanks to a thematically rich scene that not only reveals the source of her stoic rage, but simultaneously articulates the ambiguity of war by putting it into a personal context. Likewise, Kurylenko's unchecked vengeance provides an ideal contrast to Fassbender's dutiful, honor-bound soldier, resulting in a unique dynamic that helps to distinguish Centurion from the glut of other period adventures. Perhaps the most satisfying aspect of Centurion, however, is the fact that just when we think we've got it all figured out, Marshall plays a wild card that sends the story careening off-course from the mental map we've laid out in our heads. And even though his sudden change of direction doesn't elevate the film into groundbreaking territory, it does show that a pinch of unpredictability can go a long way in maintaining an air of freshness, and reminds us why Marshall remains one of the few genre directors with the ability to package influence and innovation into a product that feels more like a natural evolution of film, rather than an inferior rehash of familiar ideas.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/02/2010
UPC:
0876964003414
Original Release:
2010
Rating:
R
Source:
Magnolia
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
25,675

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Blood, Fire & Fury: Behind the Scenes of Centurion; Deleted Scenes with Commentary ; Outtakes; Interviews with Cast and Crew; Behind the Scenes Footage; Photo Galleries; HDNet: A Look at Centurion; Commentary with Neil Marshall (Writer/Director) and Crew

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Fassbender Centurion Quintus Dias
Dominic West General Titus Virilus
Olga Kurylenko Etain
Noel Clarke Macros
David Morrissey Bothos
JJ Feild Thax
Axelle Carolyn Aeron
Andreas Wisniewski Commander Gratus
Dave Legeno Vortix
Lee Ross Septus
Ulrich Thomsen Gorlacon
Ryan Atkinson Gorlacon's Son
Paul Freeman Governor Agricola
Eoin Macken Achivir
Liam Cunningham Brick
Rizwan Ahmed Tarak
Imogen Poots Arianne
Rachael Stirling Druzilla
Michael Carter General Antoninus
Tom Mannion General Tesio
Peter Guinness General Cassius
Dimitri Leonidas Leonidas
Dhaffer L'Abidine Arm Wrestling Opponent
Simon Chadwick Carlisle Messenger
Jake Maskall Roman Officer Argos
Dermot Keaney Pict Hunter
Dylan Brown Roman Guard

Technical Credits
Neil Marshall Director,Screenwriter
Phil Booth Asst. Director
Simon Bowles Production Designer
Matthew Collinge Sound/Sound Designer
Christian Colson Producer
Ilan Eshkeri Score Composer
Chris Gill Editor
Tahira Herold Makeup
Paul Hyett Makeup Special Effects
François Ivernal Executive Producer
Jason Knox-Johnston Art Director
Ivana MacKinnon Associate Producer
Keith Madden Costumes/Costume Designer
Cass Marks Production Manager
Cameron McCraken Executive Producer
Sam McCurdy Cinematographer
Diarmuid McKeown Associate Producer
Debbie McWilliams Casting
Paul Smith Executive Producer
Robert Jones Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Centurion
1. Soldier Of Rome [6:50]
2. Once More [4:57]
3. Carlisle [4:19]
4. Our Pict Scout [4:54]
5. Trap [5:28]
6. The General? [5:38]
7. Long Way From Home [8:25]
8. See What You Have Done [5:43]
9. You Are My Wrath [5:24]
10. Tracked [10:16]
11. Stay Alert [6:13]
12. Trying To Kill Us [6:15]
13. Fate [3:04]
14. Tired Of Running [7:08]
15. A Day's Ride [3:59]
16. In Your Hands [3:41]

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Centurion 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would love to have this Movie to Watch agian
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was a good movie. Some familiar faces in this one. Kind a funny how some of the actors were in a movie based on a book and from a show, like Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey and Doctor Who. Near the end, it got kind a sad. Reminded me a little bit of the Eagle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago