May 25th, 2014: Centurion (2010)

Centurion

Cast and Crew:  Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Paul Freeman, Noel Clarke, Olga Kurlyenko, Imogen Poots

What It’s About: The survivors of a Roman Legion destroyed by Pict guerrillas struggle to rescue their General (Dominic West) and make it back to Hadrian’s Wall…through enemy territory.

Why Watch it Today?: Filmmaker Neil Marshall, who wrote and directed today’s film, turns 44 today.  Marshall makes unapologetic genre films, the kind that are rarely seen today-well made and stylish, but not necessarily with post modern deconstruction or focused more on the style than delivering an entertaining story.

Other Choices:  We’ve previously featured Marshall’s women spelunkers vs. cave creatures flick The Descent and ” Escape from Scotland” riff Doomsday.

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2 comments on “May 25th, 2014: Centurion (2010)

  1. geelw says:

    I actually have not seen this yet, but it pops up on cable on a semi-regular basis, so I’ll take a look at it. I’ve been avoiding a lot of “historical” movies made in the last few years because they tend to be lousy, but I liked Descent and Doomsday made me laugh a lot, so on the list it goes…

    • T.A. Gerolami says:

      It’s a fun B movie kind of thing…it’s not the greatest adventure/historical action movie ever made, you’ll be able to guess most of the twists and turns of the plot, but it’s done well enough you shouldn’t mind if you liked Marshall’s other movies.

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