The Eagle Reviews

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July 22, 2011
July 14, 2011
Sadly not a movie about the big-chinned ski jumper Eddie Edwards, this underwhelming feature instead revolves around the 'Ted and Ralph' style bromance between a master and servant during the Roman occupation of England.
July 13, 2011
June 25, 2011
...a distressingly uneven actioner that's rarely as entertaining as one might've hoped...
May 13, 2011
It's almost new and interesting, but mostly just hints at some intriguing ideas.
May 5, 2011
All the sturm and drang can't hide the obvious. "The Eagle" is "Gladiator" Lite, a low-budget costumer about honor and redemption ... handing your enemy his head on a shield.
April 4, 2011
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.
April 4, 2011
April 4, 2011
It's a really earnest adventure set in the second century. And you know what that means. It means you have to tune your brain back to at least the 1950s.
March 25, 2011
Based on the well-known novel 'The Eagle of the Ninth,' 'The Eagle' is a serviceable movie about the importance of honor and allegiance in ancient Rome.
March 25, 2011
Early on it's established that Tatum has a body fat ratio lower than most people's mortgage rates, but his humourless hero is hardly dynamic.
March 25, 2011
Tatum acquits himself admirably here, in a film that clearly intends to ensure Hollywood cheese is the last thing that comes to mind...
March 25, 2011
Macdonald captures the Highlands setting beautifully and the two leads make a likeable pairing.
March 25, 2011
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.
March 25, 2011
The Eagle is not your typical sword and sandal epic. You could easily mistake it for a western, a war movie or even a timely commentary on the human casualties of 21st century conflict.
March 24, 2011
While Bell is decent, Tatum is fatally wooden. I'm not really sure that he can act at all; he certainly fails to convince as a Roman soldier.
March 24, 2011
This looks like Ancient Rome as reinterpreted by the makers of Brokeback Mountain but with all the explicit gay sex taken out.
March 24, 2011
This stilted view of 'Roman honour' is one big, phony clich. Still, the fight sequences are good...
March 24, 2011
The hero of the whole production is cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle.
March 24, 2011
Has all the ingredients of a terrific adventure thriller: an epic quest narrative, strong characters, the tangled interplay of pride, loyalty and masculinity.
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