In 2nd-Century Britain, two men – master and slave – venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism…The Roman epic adventure The Eagle is directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. Jeremy Brock has adapted the scr eenplay from Rosemary Sutcliff’s classic novel The Eagle of the Ninth.
The Eagle is one of those movies that’s very unusual: It’s set in second century Britain. Okay, you’re either interested or you’re not. It has an interesting cast. It’s got Channing Tatum who was the hunk in Dilemma, which no one saw but he’s still cute. Jamie Bell who was Billy Elliott in the original movie and Donald Sutherland, who has been in everything. The story is a Roman Centurion goes out to avenge his father’s honor because he lost his division north of Hadrian’s Wall. If all of this sounds a little like gobbly-gook, then you’re probably not a history student of early Britain. And he’s saved a slave’s life so the slave is indebted to him and so off they go to find the eagle, which is the symbol — kind of the equivalent to the American flag except it’s a Roman eagle. And what ensues is all sorts of bloodshed and mayhem. I actually like these kind of movies although they’re very bloody, but it does give you a sense of what warfare was probably like in the second century, which was not very nice and no strategic strikes here. I liked it. I would give it three and a half stars.