Centurion (2010)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: It's a bloody geyser of Neil Marshall's typically stylish B-movie action, but Centurion is too focused on hacking and slashing to deliver original dialogue or interesting characters.


Movie Info

CENTURION is set during the war between Roman soldiers and Pict tribesmen during the 2nd century Roman conquest of Britain. Michael Fassbender stars as Quintus Dias, Roman centurion and son of a legendary gladiator who leads a group of soldiers on a raid of a Pict camp to rescue a captured general (Dominic West). The son of the Pict leader is murdered during the raid, and the Romans find themselves hunted by a seemingly unstoppable group of the Pict's most vicious and skilled warriors, led by a … More

Rating: R (for sequences of strong bloody violence, grisly images and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Neil Marshall
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 2, 2010
Box Office: $0.1M
Runtime:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site

Cast


as Centurion Quintus Di...

as General Titus Virilu...

as Macros

as Commander Gratus

as Vortix

as Septus

as Gorlacon's Son

as Governor Agricola

as Achivir

as Tarak

as Arianne

as Druzilla

as General Tesio

as General Cassius

as Arm Wrestling Oppone...

as Carlisle Messenger

as Roman Officer Argos

as Pict Hunter

as Roman Guard

as General Antoninus
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Critic Reviews for Centurion

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (23)

Auteur cinema of a very narrow stripe, this personalizes a familiar genre to advance a singularly pessimistic view of humanity.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Centurion wraps itself in talk of duty and honor, but really it's just another cinematic death-trip.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

Marshall is big on desaturated imagery, which imparts to the film's copious amounts of hemoglobin the look of squid ink.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

The film has a resigned bitterness, hard to shake off, that feels right for the experience of tough guys, from whatever period of history, who find themselves at the tattered edge of what they take to be civilization.

Full Review… | August 30, 2010
New Yorker
Top Critic

Centruion is an exciting and intense action/adventure film with fantastic fight scenes and strong acting.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

A darned entertaining outing from a director who knows action and doesn't share Hollywood's fear of period pieces that don't involve Greek gods.

Full Review… | January 18, 2013
Movie Nation

Audience Reviews for Centurion

½

amazing visuals and a decent story but somehow feels like it could have been so much better.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

Centurion is an average movie with good performances and it's a film that could have been much better considering its subject. I found the film to focus more on visual style than story, and it's a great shame because this film really could have stood out. I liked the film, but I expected a bit more as well as I have a great interest in the Romans. If you're like me, don't expect this one to be an accurate portrait of the Romans, because it's far from it, it'[s an action film first and foremost and it takes liberties to make this enjoyable for the viewer. The film had some good ideas as far as the story is concerned, but it kind of feels rushed a bit too. Centurion should have been better and though I found it entertaining, I really felt something was missing to make this a truly memorable film. The film is worth seeing due to well constructed action, which the film has plenty of, and the performance of Michael Fassbender. However, the plot just seems unfocused at times, and it loses steam halfway through the film, and that's where the action really makes you forget that the film average. The film is no Gladiator, and it should be seen as mindless popcorn action, which is what in the end this film is about. Centurion isn't awful, or mediocre, but it should have been better too. Fans of historical epics, might be disappointed in this film, but for action fans, there's still plenty to enjoy if you can forget the lacking story and average ton e of the film. Centurion is, despite its imperfections good entertainment that is average considering the potential the film possessed.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

This very gory but deeply entertaining adventure film about the disappearance of the 9th Roman Legion in Northern Scotland takes no prisoners. It throws you right into the moral dilemma of cheering for the last few survivors of the grand invading army trying to make their way back through hostile territory, hunted by the barbarians who do a little more than just defend their homeland. While the characters and plot are not without stereotypes, the fights are fun, the story enthralling and Fassbender makes another strong point of being the next big leading man in Hollywood. Much like a pulp comic, this may be a guilty pleasure, but an enthralling, fun and beautifully filmed one nonetheless.

ironclad1609
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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