February 8

The Eagle

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The Eagle (2011)

PG-13 114 min - Adventure, Drama - 8 February 2011

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.

Director:  Kevin Macdonald
Writers:  Rosemary Sutcliff, Jeremy Brock
Stars:  Channing Tatum, Mark Strong, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Denis O'Hare, Tahar Rahim, Dakin Matthews, Douglas Henshall, Paul Ritter, Pip Carter, Ned Dennehy, István Göz, Bence Gerö, Zsolt László, Julian Lewis Jones, Brian Gleeson, Jon Campling, Aladár Laklóth

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Storyline

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.


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Genres: Adventure, Drama

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English
Release Date:  8 February 2011

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Company Credits

Production Companies:  Toledo Productions, Film4, Focus Features, Prime Focus, Twins Financing

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 54 min

[vc_row][vc_column][wpsm_woobox id=”47911″][/vc_column][/vc_row]by Ginger

The year is 120 AD and the setting is Roman occupied Britain. The mighty Roman legions battle for control of the territory in the south of Britain. A young Roman centurion embarks on a quest to find the eagle emblem of his father’s legion, which disappeared in the mountains of Scotland. There is more at stake than his fatheräó»s reputation, the young Roman feels that the eagle is the symbol of all of Rome and that he has a duty to find it. It is a story about duty and honor above all else.

This family movie review considers the move an action-packed historical thriller with plenty of slashing swords, blood and guts spilled on the soil. The portrayal of these adventures follows the historical record in this respect. The story itself is a fantasy based on the historical record of the time. Marcus, the young centurion, takes his British slave Esca, to accompany him. Along the way, Marcus confronts savage tribes of Celts and many other warring factions. It is a story of Roman politics and intrigue as well.

The MPAA rated this movie a PG-13 for violence and disturbing scenes of battle. This parental guide to the movies would have to agree. The movie had its share of violence and blood. It would probably be OK for children in the upper tween years, as long as they have been exposed to this type of violence and are aware of the realities of history. It does portray life during Roman occupied Britain in a realistic manner. It gives them a sense of being there. This might be a good compliment to a history lesson on the Roman Empire, but only if it is made clear that the plot of the movie is pure fantasy. This movie would be a good match for those 11 and above and into the teen years, particularly if they happen to be gamers or into fantasy role-playing.


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