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Centurion

Centurion is a new film by Neil Marshall, who directed Dog Soldiers and The Descent. It's about the Ninth Legion having their arses kicked by the Picts. It's a very simple film, with a ridiculously cheesy script. But if you liked the Romans v Germanic barbarians battle in Gladiator, which I did, you will probably enjoy this. The film consists of about 30% Romans being tortured and massacred by Picts and about 69% Romans running away from Picts. The remaining 1% is an extremely low budget attempt to render Roman politics (General in sweaty armour, to Agricola in a tent, 'I am a soldier; I leave the politics to you.' and that's about it)

The actors are a great bunch - Dominic West, Michael Fassbinder, Bernard Hill, David Morrissey, JJ Feild, Noel Clarke (Mickey from Dr Who) - and the fighting and dying is well directed, if you like that camera style where clots of mud and blood go flying across the screen in high definition. Really it's just handsome men fighting for about an hour and a half.

I had to laugh, because while they are struggling through Scotland, getting picked off by the Picts, they get word that Roman military policy has changed, and sure enough, when they come over the last hill - oh noes - would you know it, there's a big bloody wall in the way. That Hadrian! This gives you some idea of the level at which this film operates but if you want to see Dominic West with his top off fighting a Pictish warrior queen this is a great film.
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