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. (DVD)
There were only two reasons I decided to watch this movie, not knowing anything about it. Their names are Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell. And honestly, they didn’t disappoint in this adventure/quest movie set during Rome’s occupation of Britain. Overall, not a bad adventure/epic, but there were a few glaring problems. One. WHY WERE THEY ALL SPEAKING IN AN AMERICAN ACCENT! Dear God, at least do something other than American. Channing Tatum starts out with some sort of British accent it, but then it fades in and out randomly, and Jamie Bell gave a valiant effort with some sort of Irish/Highlands/British thing, but it was fairly weak…and everyone else is American. Oh well. Also, this movie jumps randomly when it came to time frame, not back and forth, but skipping chunks of time. Aside from those two annoyances, I actually enjoyed this movie. Like I mentioned, I only grabbed it because of the two leads, so I was expecting NOTHING. Channing Tatum delivered a nice acting job as a man who just wants his father’s honor back. This movie is very much about loyalty and honor, and the characters and the audience alike at the end realize it doesn’t matter what side your on, as long as you are loyal, you’re a good person.