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Centurion [Blu-ray] [2010]

Michael Fassbender , Dominic West , Neil Marshall    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, Noel Clarke, David Morrissey
  • Directors: Neil Marshall
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Colour, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IPC5I4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,854 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Historical action adventure starring Michael Fassbender. In 117 AD, Roman warrior Quintus Dias (Fassbender) marches into northern Britain with General Virilus (Dominic West)'s Ninth Legion in an attempt to take down the Picts who have been carrying out terrifying raids on Roman forts. When the legion is ambushed and Virilus taken captive, Quintus and his men must do all they can to survive in harsh and unfamiliar terrain, rescue their General and get back to the safety of the Roman frontier.

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75 of 84 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I agree with the above review - this really is very good! Is has has everything you would want from an action film, plenty of battles, one on one combat,chases,tension and not to mention the beautiful Olga kurylenko(and let me tell you she really is impressive in her action scenes,apparently she did all her own stunts). Fassbender too is an impressive talent and carries the film really well as well as the other cast members who do an equally fine job.
There is some amazing cinematography too which shows in detail the vast and rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands,to me this was as much a part of the quality of the film as the characters were.
The only downside to the film is the script which was a bit clunky and could have done with a rework. All in all this is a chase movie that delivers really gritty watchable action scenes!
I will be buying this dvd as soon as it comes out!
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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Yet It Felt Rushed. 29 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
Centurion is like Gladiator: bloody violence, stunning visuals and oustanding pefomances from a great cast. Instead of Russell Crowe in the lead, we have Britain's upcoming excellent talent Michael Fassbender leading a group of Roman men to saftey from the threatening Pic army that is led by Olga Kurylenko. I must admit that I was a little surprised of how this film got away with a 15 as the gory battle scenes are very brutal and some parts are not for the faint hearted. It does have some jaw-dropping scenery that makes you feel like you are right in the film. Good pefomances from Fassbender who is without doubt have a leading man staus, Kurylenko as the mute warrior and Dominic West as the kidnapped Legion man. The only problem about Centurion is that it felt rushed, especially the final battle scene which seemed a little too easy. The ending is just left to either your imangintion or could be a lack of budget issues. Though it's directed by the guy who bought us Dog Soliders and The Descent, he's done a okay job but for his next project perhaps make the charaters come to live and don't force the film to end. Recommened if you loved Gladiator and HBO TV series Rome.
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171 of 197 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Centurion! 9 Jun 2010
Format:DVD
The only thing I cannot understand about this film is why on earth it didn't get better publicity, marketing and a broader showing at Cinema's! I had to grub around on the internet to find somewhere, where it was showing and had to drive over twenty miles to get there, when there is a perfectly good multi-screen Odeon in the local town. Like Moon another British film, Cinema's let us down on the distribution.

The film starts with a man running/falling over a snowy mountain, hand's tied clearly trying to escape from someone who is pursuing him. It then goes to a scene of relaxing Roman soldiers drinking and fighting with each other, before, the next day, they are sent North to sort out the rebelious barbarians.

It turns out that the running man is the survivor of an attack by the Picts (Scots locals) of a remote Roman Fort which is overan and destroyed and the Centurion captured.

The 9th Legion (the drinkers and fighters) are despatched into the snowy North determined to bring the locals to heel but their plans lay in ruins when the Picts ambush their column and all but kill every soldier except for a few survivors.

What follows is a race back to the border and to safety for the Romans and a chase by the Picts who are determined to kill each and every Roman after their tribal Chief's son was killed by the invaders.

All in all this is a very underated, under sold, very well made, well acted, directed and produced film which provides one possible answer as to the fate of the 9th Legion. Where as Gladiator had all the Hollywood fluff and effects, Centurion has the down to earth grit and reality of how it would have been and is more realistic.
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85 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film with no marketing 5 May 2010
Format:DVD
I loved this film. Saw it twice during the one week run it had at my local Odeon. Appears to have been a flop, despite mainly positive reviews. I can only put this down to an almost non existent marketing campaign. I didn't see one poster or one trailer for this without having to search specifically for it. By the time I had recommended it to friends who were then up for seeing it, it had stopped playing. Shame, as it is certainly worth seeing. Think 'The Warriors' but with Romans. You can see a very big 'Warriors' influence from the plot down to at least half the characters. I mean this in a positive way as The Warriors is a favourite of mine and Centurion compares very well. Great cast, David Morrissey is perhaps a little under used. Fassbender is particularly good. My favourite Neil Marshall film so far by a mile. Even if the DVD ends up being barebones, I will definetly be purchasing it.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is an absolutely excellent historical fiction film, granted with extreme license. OK, I am a Roman history pedant and aficionado of historical novels, so I brought to this a critical eye, but also a hope that I would get enveloped in the narrative, in subtle character, in wonder at the endless varieties of human ambition. At this, it was so successful that I forgot the present with complete delight, even after 2 full viewings.

In terms of history, this is fiction based on speculation about what happened to the 9th Legion, which disappeared from the historical record without a trace - the only way to limn what happened to them is to piece together ambiguous clues, such as the inscriptions on grave stones scattered throughout the former empire. The time is that of the Emperor Hadrian, the golden age of the Roman Empire - the series of good, circumspect emperors who governed judiciously and without the insane excess that is remembered with Nero or Commodus. Rome is one of the largest stable empires the world has ever known, though it has experienced resistance in certain areas, such as the Picts in Northern Britain or the Parthians in Central Asia. To date, what actually occurred remains a complete mystery. So here is a film that concocts an explanation, and it is as plausible as an other, with plenty of fictional speculation and fantasy thrown in to build a narrative.

To be honest, the film either works for you or it doesn't. All I can say is, if you liked HBO's Rome, this is the same kind of grainy, highly textured portrait, just not in the center (Rome) but on the periphery. I believe this preference is personal and subjective, a pure matter of taste. It is extremely bloody, with realistic battle sequences that are not for the squeamish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like Ironclad, this one is recommended
The true test of a film is whether you can watch it more than once. This is one of the few that can take repeated viewing. Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Shrike1313
3.0 out of 5 stars The acting though was excellent. Fassbender
It's an OKAY film but I felt the script, plot and pace let it down for the most part. It did feel rushed. I can see why the movie didn't make it to the big screen. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mr Skelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Great movie, Michael Fassbender plays a great lead.
Published 4 days ago by mark parkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not to everyone's taste but I like the movie, much better than the recent one The Eagle.
Published 5 days ago by Nigel R DuCasse
3.0 out of 5 stars If only the script is as magificent as the landscape!
Cinematography: 5 Stars! - The amazing landscape of Northern Britain hardly shown in such magnificent scale, priceless! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Jac Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Great acting. Great story line. Great quality. Great action. Everything Great.
Published 8 days ago by RajaWaqarAli786
4.0 out of 5 stars it's rather good. I initially decided to watch this because it ...
Having never heard of the film, I thought it wouldn't be up to much but as others have pointed out , it's rather good. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film, good actors and interesting dialogues.
Published 9 days ago by Leigh Pierce
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite watchable
Quite watchable but clearly lower budget than a number of other recent period/fantasy blockbusters. Some good actors and a good plot.......the fate of the 9th Legion!
Published 14 days ago by Sking
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good. Watching this reminded me of 300
Surprisingly good. Watching this reminded me of 300. Very underrated movie and a well written story.
Published 22 days ago by Mr. G. Tomlinson
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