Centurion Reviews

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January 3, 2011
Auteur cinema of a very narrow stripe, this personalizes a familiar genre to advance a singularly pessimistic view of humanity.
September 3, 2010
Centurion wraps itself in talk of duty and honor, but really it's just another cinematic death-trip.
September 2, 2010
Marshall is big on desaturated imagery, which imparts to the film's copious amounts of hemoglobin the look of squid ink.
August 30, 2010
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 27, 2010
Marshall shows off the breathtaking landscape, but with interiors, he populates the ale houses and encampments with cliches.
August 27, 2010
Bloody well done.
August 27, 2010
Rousing if slightly predictable.
August 27, 2010
Unpretentious swords-and-sandals film crafts a tight survival drama out of Roman Empire lore.
August 27, 2010
There are, by my count, six standard types of violence in film these days: Tarantino, comic book, Scorsese, martial arts, horror and stupid. That's right: stupid. For an example, look no further than Centurion.
August 27, 2010
Far more entertaining, and infinitely less cumbersome, than its recent big-budget Hollywood counterparts.
August 27, 2010
For all its analogies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, or wherever, the underlying thrust of Centurion is its celebration of bloodlust.
August 27, 2010
Sack, pillage, repeat. Heads will roll. And bounce. And be stuck on pikes.
August 26, 2010
Occasionally Marshall provides a back story to fill out a role, but too often that's how it comes off: as filler.
August 26, 2010
By turns heroic, fearsome, funny, fateful and, oh, so brutal, with swords hacking off heads at every turn.
August 26, 2010
Flaming arrows, spears, and knives have no problem finding their way to the back of a mouth. The profanity is delightful. And the general atmosphere is grim. The movie just isn't terribly inspired.
August 26, 2010
Over time, Marshall's interest in period brutality becomes a grinding obsession.
August 26, 2010
It offers riveting storytelling, gorgeous cinematography and scenery, loads of gore, and a politically complicated history lesson.
August 26, 2010
No one can claim the bloodshed was toned down in the quest for a PG-13 -- and I consider that to be a positive quality.
August 26, 2010
Most of the characters are so characterless that you can't tell who they are when they get impaled or beheaded, and you can't remember who they used to be after they're dispatched. Not that it matters.
August 25, 2010
When it comes to crunchy impalings and messy arterial geysers, Marshall's a maestro.
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