In his directorial debut, (Ralph) Fiennes is quite sharp, shooting the battle scenes as if the cinematographers were embedded with his troops and using television broadcasts as a way to advance the story.
By combining selective fragments of the text with populist cultural references and by using visually bold cinematic and TV news techniques, "Coriolanus" director and star Ralph Fiennes has created a thinking person's action thriller.
A portrait of the birth of a fascist leader, Shakespeare's play sets his will to power in direct opposition to the people of Rome and their right to rule themselves. In modernizing the setting, Fiennes only makes the comparison more relevant.
This is a blood-and-gutsy adaptation of a bloody and gut-wrenching tragedy by Shakespeare.. Director and co-star Fiennes has chiseled the play into a contemporary setting, not unlike Baz Luhrmann did with Romeo + Juliet, and just about as inventively