The Eagle 2011

The Eagle

Critics Consensus

The Eagle has a pleasantly traditional action-adventure appeal, but it's drowned out by Kevin Macdonald's stolid direction and Channing Tatum's uninspired work in the central role.

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Under the command of Flavius Aquila in A.D. 120, Rome's Ninth Legion marches north carrying its revered eagle emblem and vanishing into the mists. Rumors of the legion's golden eagle appearing in a tribal temple reach Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum), Flavius' son, 20 years later. Accompanied by his slave (Jamie Bell), Marcus makes a dangerous journey to Scotland to retrieve the hallowed eagle and, in doing so, to restore his father's tarnished honor.

Cast & Crew

Channing Tatum
Marcus Aquila
Tahar Rahim
Seal Prince
Jeremy Brock
Screenwriter
Tessa Ross
Executive Producer
Miles Ketley
Executive Producer
Charles Moore
Executive Producer
Anthony Dod Mantle
Cinematographer
Michael Carlin
Production Design
Justine Wright
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Michael O'Connor
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Critic Reviews for The Eagle

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  • Sep 19, 2015
    I'm quite a big swords and sandals fan but not a big Channing Tatum fan and I couldn't imagine him playing a good roman, But eventually I watched it and Tatum wasn't the problem really, He played his part ok it just didn't ever get going, The story is easy enough to follow but it was told so boring and with little action there isn't allot to keep us entertained, It doesn't really know what it's going to do next and it makes the ending pretty poor so apart from the first 20 minutes which were good, There's nothing here that hasn't been done better before.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2014
    The historical drama The Eagle is an intriguing and entertaining adventure. Based on a novel, the film follows a Roman centurion named Marcus Aquila who attempts to recover the lost eagle emblem of the Ninth Legion, which was lost when the legion disappeared while on a campaign in Northern Britain. Starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, and Donald Sutherland, the casting is pretty good. However, the performances are rather underwhelming; particularly Bell's. Still, the sets and costumes are especially well-done, as are the fight sequences. The Eagle delivers a fair share of thrills and excitement, but overall it's a pretty by-the-numbers sword and sandals film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2012
    Solid, but rather unimaginative adaptation.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2012
    I have to admit, I'm kind of a sucker for sword and sandal period type pieces, in spite of there being so few good ones. The Eagle starts earnestly enough, and for the first half is somewhat entertaining, giving at least a decent view into what military life must have been like for the legions stuck in Britain. But once the action moves above Hadrian's wall, the film devolves into a buddy film with no chemistry that includes some gaping inaccuracies, like portraying the highlanders as something very kin to 17th century American Indians. The main flaw of the film however is that it hangs much of the characters motivations on the tired saw of "honor". The main character, Marcus, whose father was the leader of the famed 9th legion; a group who traveled about the wall, 5,000 strong, and were never heard from again, wants to restore the family name and honor by finding the legion's standard, the title of the film. OK, that works... then you have the Brit slave who is rescued from the death decreed in the gladiator pits because he refused to fight (he is given the old "thumbs down" by the rabble, only to be saved by Marcus who sees valor and bravery in his refusal to fight). The Brit later tells Marcus that he hates everything Marcus stands for, but since Marcus saved his life, will fight and die for him, figuring that he owes Marcus a debt of honor... well, kinda works, but weak. There are some good battle scenes early on, and I though the earthen walls of the roman fortress to be passably accurate, and I liked the way the film made use of the famed roman "turtle" formation, which took good advantage of their tall shields. But that's all in the first half of the film (which is only marred by a quirky, off the wall performance by Donald Sutherland as Marcus' uncle. The second half has Marcus and his slave traveling in the woods and lochs of Scotland, infiltrating a band of "savages" who are believed to hold the Eagle. The film shoots for a tone of gravitas, but comes off as almost comic, with battles punctuated by sad overdubs and a truly weak morality play that looks almost Shakespearian when compared to the film's "well I guess I showed you" closing as Marcus returns the Eagle all the way to Rome (which, by the way, would have taken over a year back then). The final frames show Marcus and slave having a true buddy-buddy moment of bon homie, which was non evident in the remainder of the film. It just makes you wonder if they ran out of script, or if the script writer was abducted by aliens, or perhaps the studio just put pressure on him in the attempt to give the film an alleged wider viewing audience. Regardless, the effort failed and the film fell on its own sword.
    paul s Super Reviewer

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