THE DESTINY OF A SOLDIER. THE HONOR OF A SLAVE. THE FATE OF AN EMPIRE.
Twenty years after the whole Roman Ninth Legion disappeared somewhere in northern Britannia, its commander’s son (Channing Tatum) arrives hoping to restore the honor of his family’s name. Inspired by the actual disappearance of a Roman legion in AD 120, this film throws a Roman centurion and his accidental young slave into an adventure where their loyalties and convictions are tested as they face hostile tribes north of Hadrian’s Wall. Tatum is a bit too low-key in the lead, but the film is well shot in Scotland and the story exciting in spite of its formula; it’s obvious that Kevin Macdonald had ambitions.
2011-U.S. 114 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Kevin Macdonald. Novel: Rosemary Sutcliff (“The Eagle of the Ninth”). Cast: Channing Tatum (Marcus Flavius Aquila), Jamie Bell (Esca), Mark Strong (Guern), Donald Sutherland, Tahar Rahim, Denis O’Hare.
Trivia: The novel was previously filmed as a British miniseries in 1977.