The EagleFebruary 11, 2011
In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father's memory by finding his lost legion's golden emblem.
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 6.2/10 (23,647 voted)
Critic's Score: 55/100
Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland
In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia – to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the lost legion's golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth.
Writers: Jeremy Brock, Rosemary Sutcliff
Julian Lewis Jones
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Release Date: 11 February 2011
Filming Locations: Achiltibuie, Ross and Cromarty, Highland, Scotland, UK
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $8,684,464
(13 February 2011)
(7 April 2011)
Did You Know?
The main character's name is Marcus Aquila. Aquila is the Latin word for "Eagle".
Marcus noted that Esca knew the Northern language and could interpret. Esca was a Southern Britain and spoke Brythonic, which is close to Welsh. When they pass through Hadrian's Wall into Scotland, Esca speaks in Gaelic to everyone. There were no Gaelic speakers known to be in Scotland in 120 A.D. The inhabitants [the Picts] are believed to have had a working knowledge of Brythonic. The first Roman recording of Gaelic speakers [the Scotti] in Scotland was in a skirmish at Hadrian's Wall in 297, and immigration wasn't until circa 400 A.D. Esca could indeed interpret, but in Brythonic not Gaelic.
Marcus Flavius Aquila, Fourth Cohort of Gaul, Second Legion, come to relieve the command.
Lutorius Drusillus Salinator, acting senior officer.
Where's the garrison commander?
He left this morning, sir. Couldn't wait to get away.
Interesting and entertaining
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. The CGI effects seem to have been kept
under control, and so the film turned out to be more human than
animation. The combat scenes were done in the current style of quick
cuts where you just get a vague idea of what is going on, rather than
actually being able to follow the blows being struck.
The film seemed mostly faithful to Roman history. It gives a vivid
illustration of why Hadrian's wall was built. But I am not totally sure
the Roman Senate had a "branch" in Britain.
The two leads (Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell) were perfectly suited to
their roles, kind of like Hercules and his sidekick from 60s historical
adventure films. But minus the corny jokes. There were no banquets with
production numbers. And there was no "love interest" written in. And no
magical effects or mythical creatures. And it was very easy to follow.
And hugely entertaining.
It's not art but it's rather good, regardless.