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Caius Martius 'Coriolanus' (Ralph Fiennes of HARRY POTTER FRANCHISE, THE ENGLISH PATIENT), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (Vanessa Redgrave of HOWARDS END, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuses to support him, Coriolanus' anger prompts a riot that culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler of 300, ROCKNROLLA) to take his revenge on the city.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 134
- Fresh: 125
- Rotten: 9
- Average Rating: 7.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The film has fifth-act problems, as did the play, but Fiennes' bleak overview should leave receptive viewers feeling daunted and haunted.
Fresh: What remains, in distilled form, is the poetry of violence and contempt-the source of the play's unfailing reputation for political threat and mischief.
Fresh: You buy the concept, from start to finish, because it feels strong and purposeful and in sync with Shakespeare's own vision of a malleable, fickle populace and a leader raised by the ultimate stage mother.
Fresh: In his first film as a director, Fiennes proves that he knows Fiennes the actor inside out, with a self-knowledge that's rare, even admirable.
Clever, Clever, Clever
Ralph Fiennes does such an amazing job. If you don't like Shakespear then this isn't for you, but if you do, then, if you have the means, I highly recommend picking this up. It is so choice.
VERY WELL DONE!
I was shocked to see that this film did not take off at the box office. It did not get the credit it deserved. I swear this was incredibly done. Never in a million years did I think Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler can pull of a modern Shakespeare classic...they proved me wrong!
We need more movies like this
I liked the concept of this movie, blending the ancient with the modern to represent the agelessness of the story. In an era where most popular movies are based on insipid romance, comic books, rotten old TV shows, or remakes of remakes ad infinitum, a movie that a) makes you think, b) makes you feel, and c) brings you closer to classic literature, is quite refreshing. The action scenes were fantastic, and the acting overall was the some of the best I've ever seen. I would have shaved a star off for an excess of saliva in one scene, but I wanted to offset some of the seemingly gratuitous bad reviews. If you love Shakespeare or tales of Ancient Rome, you'll love this movie.
PS The early Roman alphabet had no letter G, so the name Gaius was spelled Caius and abbreviated as C even after the letter G was introduced. Just a little pet peeve.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2012
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