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Despite its bleak atmosphere and sparse storyline, period drama The Eagle is a pleasant surprise. It entertains with some great sword play, and the themes of honor and bravery overcome the simplicity of the story.
Luckily, director Kevin Macdonald quickly distracts with a little of the old ultraviolence when longhaired locals attack the fort and the Romans go into those cool fighting formations that are always so transfixing.
Take Braveheart, Gladiator and Apocalypto, leave them to simmer in an iron-age pot and you've got The Eagle, a sword-swooshing slice of historical action that's plenty entertaining, if a touch familiar.
SINCE the early days of cinema, great actors have found immortality by playing heroes of the Roman Empire. Charlton Heston, Richard Burton...and now the dormouse-eyed, muscly fella from a couple of dance films and that cack GI Joe thing.