Centurion 2010

Centurion

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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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In ancient Scotland, the Ninth Legion liberates a Roman officer named Quintus Dias (Michael Fassbender) from his Pict captors. The soldiers are in pursuit of the Pict leader, and Quintus joins their quest. Soon afterward, the Romans' Pict guide betrays them, resulting in the slaughter of all but a handful of men. The Roman survivors try desperately to reach safety, as the indigenous warriors pick them off one by one.

Cast & Crew

Michael Fassbender
Centurion Quintus Dias
Dominic West
Gen. Titus Virilus
Ryan Atkinson
Gorlacon's son
Paul Freeman
Gov. Agricola
Neil Marshall
Screenwriter
Robert Jones
Producer
Paul Smith
Executive Producer
Cameron McCracken
Executive Producer
François Ivernel
Executive Producer
Sam McCurdy
Cinematographer
Chris Gill
Film Editor
Ilan Eshkeri
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Critic Reviews for Centurion

All Critics (111) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (43)

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

    January 3, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Features a commitment to craft that helps overcome issues of storytelling by providing a visceral, violent experience designed to get you in your gut and bones more than in your heart or head.

    September 17, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Centurion wraps itself in talk of duty and honor, but really it's just another cinematic death-trip.

    September 3, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Marshall is big on desaturated imagery, which imparts to the film's copious amounts of hemoglobin the look of squid ink.

    September 2, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    August 30, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Centurion treats arterial sprays like Sex and the City treats shoes.

    August 27, 2010 | Rating: B-

Audience Reviews for Centurion

  • Aug 16, 2019
    Soldiers, trapped behind enemy lines and trying to escape, are chased by their relentless, merciless and savage foes. Only for this film, the soldiers are Roman soldiers, and the foe are the legendary Picts, brutal forebears to quaint English civility by some centuries. So it's a hazardous chase over mountainous and treacherous terrain while trying to survive killers looking for vengeance. Not a bad actioner.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2017
    Not a film Michael Fassbender will be remembered for but I suppose this film had its moments not many mind you, It's very bloody battle scenes are the only thing to take away from this film but even they feel cheap at times but a few gory kills help things along, The story didn't excite me and ended up being the least interesting part of the film, It got predictable and it's sometimes boring, It should of ended 10 minutes earlier but at least Michael Fassbender tries to make this a better film but even he can't help this film feel dragged out and very forgettable.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2015
    Based on the legend of the Ninth Legion, Centurion is an action-packed historical thriller. After a devastating attack by the Picts a Roman governor sends the Ninth Legion into the northern territory of Britain to destroy the Pict tribe; but the campaign goes badly, leaving only a handful of survivors to struggle to avoid capture and make it back to the Roman lines. Starring Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, Imogen Poots, and Dominic West, the film has a solid cast. And it's beautifully shot, with sweeping landscapes and authentic looking costumes and sets. However, the violence is a little too gratuitous in its gore, and it takes a while for the story to get going. Overall, Centurion is a fairly run-of-the-mill action film and doesn't really have much ambition.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2014
    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 r Super Reviewer

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