The Eagle Reviews

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March 23, 2011
Best of all is Anthony Dod Mantle's breathtaking photography: the Scottish Highlands have never looked so eerily, threateningly beautiful.
March 20, 2011
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.
March 17, 2011
The plot may be corny sentiment, but the movie is rousing entertainment, with two engaging leads
March 16, 2011
Vivid cinematography and bromance between Channing and Jamie keep it standing strong.
March 14, 2011
Jeremy Brock's script (from Rosemary Sutcliff's novel) begins well, but Brock evidently didn't read past page 42 ...
March 14, 2011
Good fight scenes, but a confusion of plot, culture and accents make this a lesser example of the sword 'n' sandal epic.
March 11, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
March 5, 2011
Perhaps inevitably, it lands as something of a cross-breed between 300 and The New World, which is to say it's both viscerally intoxicating and phantasmagorical.
March 4, 2011
Good direction and a decent cast help the shaky casting of Channing Tatum in this poor man's "Gladiator" that offers some twists and terrific scenery. Worth a rental.
March 4, 2011
...an enjoyable film that in no way should be taken as historically literate, let alone accurate.
March 2, 2011
From what we see, Tatum's character is stubborn and foolish, and should be killed pretty quickly, and would be, were he not the main character.
February 23, 2011
It strikes me more as exercise in style, really, than a completed film.
February 22, 2011
The story sags in the middle, as our wanderers traipse through the highlands-not a happy environment for Tatum, who, before his journey even begins, looks all at sea in this distant age.
February 18, 2011
While I did not think it were possible for any film to do a worse job in telling the story of the infamous Ninth Legion of the Roman Empire than Centurion, The Eagle does a pretty bang-up job of achieving that status.
February 16, 2011
The combination of battle tactics, subterfuge, and mystery solving while master and slave become friends and equals makes for an enjoyable story.
February 15, 2011
If we're forced to choose one contemporary Romans 'n' barbarians movie, this is the one.
February 14, 2011
An adventuresome frolic that sticks to the formulas and provides an entertaining slugfest.
February 14, 2011
Wild-eyed, long-haired Brits leap atop the Romans' shields as the soldiers blindly hack away, the bodies so close that you can barely tell the victor from the vanquished. The battles in the fog and rain have a hallucinatory power.
February 14, 2011
Fierce yet fragmented, slogging through the story of colliding cultures and one centurion's quest to regain family honor.
February 13, 2011
Showing Scotland as wild and forbidding as it must have in the 2nd Century, this is an entertaining adventure made tantalizing by the speculation based on real facts.
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