The Eagle (2011)
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In 2nd-Century Britain, celebrated Roman soldier Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) embarks on a dangerous quest to restore the tarnished reputation of his father and find the golden emblem that disappeared with him and thousands of troops twenty years earlier. But the highlands of Caledonia are a savage wilderness, and Marcus must rely on his embittered slave, Esca (Jamie Bell), to navigate the perilous region. Their journey pushes them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism. Donald Sutherland co-stars in this gripping, gritty, action-packed adventure from acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 148
- Fresh: 57
- Rotten: 91
- Average Rating: 5.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Despite some breathtaking scenery and documentary-like realism, The Eagle ultimately falls to some surprising contrivances that seem written by focus groups.
Rotten: It's hard to go along for the ride when the characters act more like statuary than people.
Rotten: 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.
Fresh: 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.
Honestly, when i went to see this, i was expecting crap, but this was better than what i was expecting.....the special effects, the action, and the acting was pretty good too. The script was okay, but a bit too familiar. Channing Tatum was perfect for this role, I was surprised.... I highly reccomend this to anybody!!!!
This was a surprisingly good movie. The story was interesting and engaging. The acting was good, though not great. The script itself was actually good. The action was really good with a slight exception.
There seems to be a lot of movies of this type, "Gladiator", "King Arther", "The Centurian", well not a lot but one in particular "Gladiator" which sets the bar pretty high for any of its type to follow.
The eagle doesn't at all reach the same level of greatness as the Gladiator, though it managed to stand its ground quite well.
The movie felt real, especially the first hour of the movie, the atmosphere and essence of the movie was intriguing.
Now for the action scenes. By far, the best scenes were in the first half of the movie. The last battle scene seemed a bit, I don't know how to explain it but.... well, it wasn't exciting. It was, but not in the sense that the final battle, especially if there is going to be a final battle, it should be very entertaining. I'll explain more: it seemed really short. It wasn't thrilling. It didn't capture the tension and emotion as it tried so hard to do. You could tell that they were trying really hard to make the last battle scene into an exciting climax... but something seemed to do the opposite, I believe it had something to do with the scene right before the battle scene. Plus, the first several battle scenes, there was blood and people's limbs getting cut off. The final battle seemed like it was intended for a PG rated movie, in comparison. With the build up of the characters and the bad guys, and knowing how brutal and tough the fighting was, it should have turned out a little different. This is personally what I felt.
Now that you know some of the negative aspects, for me at least. You should know that I will own this movie none-the-less. It was fun and really interesting. I would recommend it to about everyone.
Solid Historical Action Film
I saw "The Eagle" in theaters and I can honestly say that it surpassed my expectations. The film is historically accurate, possesses some plot twists, and is well acted. I recommend this as a purchase or a rental.