Centurion (2010)



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.

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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 beautiful and deadly tracker (Olga Kurylenko), and hell bent on revenge.-- (C) Magnolia
R (for sequences of strong bloody violence, grisly images and language)
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Michael Fassbender
as Centurion Quintus Dias
Dominic West
as General Titus Virilus
Noel Clarke
as Macros
J.J. Feild
as Thax
Andreas Wisniewski
as Commander Gratus
Dave Legeno
as Vortix
Lee Ross
as Septus
Ulrich Thomsen
as Gorlacon
Ryan Atkinson
as Gorlacon's Son
Paul Freeman
as Governor Agricola
Eoin Macken
as Achivir
Riz Ahmed
as Tarak
Imogen Poots
as Arianne
Rachael Stirling
as Druzilla
Michael Carter
as General Antoninus
Tom Mannion
as General Tesio
Peter Guinness
as General Cassius
Dimitri Leonidas
as Leonidas
Dhaffer L'Abidine
as Arm Wrestling Opponent
Simon Chadwick
as Carlisle Messenger
Jake Maskall
as Roman Officer Argos
Dermot Keaney
as Pict Hunter
Dylan Brown
as Roman Guard
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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
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Centurion wraps itself in talk of duty and honor, but really it's just another cinematic death-trip.

Full Review… | September 2, 2010
Washington Post
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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
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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 29, 2010
New Yorker
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Marshall shows off the breathtaking landscape, but with interiors, he populates the ale houses and encampments with cliches.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
New York Daily News
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Bloody well done.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Centurion

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

The last survivors of a Roman garrison wiped out by the Pict warriors whose lands they have invaded attempt to reach friendly territory with a war party in hot pursuit. What we have here is a western which exchanges Romans and Picts for cowboys and indians. In fact, in Neil Marshall's tradition of ripping off classic films there is more than a nod towards Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid at one point but it has the world weary tone of tough guys sick of war and betrayal rather than the light heartedness of George Roy Hill's film. The film has a nice gritty quality about it with solid performances from Fassbender and West, although Marshall seems rather more interested in evisceration than characterisation meaning we don't ever really connect to the characters on any emotional level. There's plenty of glorious scenery to admire however and it's a decent enough historical action film that's no Gladiator, but if you enjoyed King Arthur despite its obvious shortcomings, you should enjoy this too.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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