Ironclad 2: Battle For Blood 2014

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A survivor of the Great Siege of Rochester Castle fights to save his clan from Celtic raiders. A sequel to the 2011 film, "Ironclad."

Starring:
Michelle Fairley,Roxanne Mckee
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure
Director Jonathan English
Starring Michelle Fairley, Roxanne Mckee
Supporting actors Danny Webb, Rosie Day
Studio Warner Bros
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 July 2014
Format: DVD
In 1221 fighting rages on & off across the boarders of Scotland & England. In one boarder Castle it falls to inexperienced Master Hubert & a few hired swords to repel an angry raiding party of Celts, fueled by getting revenge for the death of their Celtic Chieftain leader's only son.

Ironclad 2 is a sequel set some 5 years after the events in Ironclad , where attentions have turned to the hostilities in the North between Scotland & England, as the Scots raid English lands in retribution for English atrocities committed against them.

Essentially Ironclad 2 is pretty much more of the same blood & guts violent siege action, but this time on an even lower budget & no big star names attached to it. The story is a pretty formulaic tale of revenge with no history lessons being taught here unlike the first offering, instead concentrating on life lessons of a few souls that find themselves in dire circumstances. Which itself is enough to keep you somewhat interested when things move briefly away from the action. The young Master (Tom Rhys Harries) coming to power too soon & getting an experience in battle and heartbreak. To the returning cousin (Tom Austen), who happens to be the character Guy the Squire from the first film , whose World experience exposure has left him loyal to coin rather than his own families honor, whose return to his childhood home sparks some soul searching & past romantic ties (Roxanne McKee). But ultimately they're is no hero that stands out to truly root for against a somewhat decent if generic baddie (Predrag Bjelac).

The action & setting is where the movie diverts your attention from the weaker elements of the movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By El Foley on 21 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
Was really looking forward to this film when I purchased it. After seeing how great the first ironclad was, I was looking forward to the gory action packed fight scenes and characters that you felt drawn too. Nope. Not this time round. This poorly put together sequel doesn't even come close to the first film. Give it a watch and see what you think though as obviously this is my opinion of the film. One good thing I'll say about it is the fight scenes weren't that bad......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Solitude on 11 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
***Spoilers included in review***

Scowling looks from the now grown up squire who was basically a brawler for hire. A lord of a border castle who suffered a mauling wound to the arm that had me retching when they hacksawed it off. The super clean daughters sleeping in a four poster bed were the typical feisty one and meek one. The loyal man attached to the main hero owing a life debt taken straight out of Costner's "Robin hood" - Morgan freeman's role. The battle scenes were not as well done as Ironclad but just as gory, the pitifully low walls, the completely useless stone bridge over dry moat and a wooden main gate that burned down in about five minutes were laughable. The loss of numerous scots to avenge one man's death when they could have just set the gate on fire on day one and been in the castle raping pigs and killing women. The ridiculous ending was probably the worst part of the entire story yet the character of Mr Smith, the castle's Seneschal was well played, it was a strong character, was very well acted and with the Lord early on they tried to rescue as many villagers as possible until outnumbered and retreated themselves, very well done, believable, they did their job as they were duty bound to do and knew their limitations. That part of the film was realistic for me and well performed. The Scots though irritated the hell out of me, the campfire in the forest scene had me cringing, random Scottish voices from no discernible source saying kill them all, arggh like pirates in a bad movie. The hammer wielding egg headed bald guy who almost rebelled his chieftains orders, wanted to and then when his Chieftain fell just walked away after talking the entire castle and having only one fighting man left to oppose them, ridiculous tosh!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2015
Format: Blu-ray
I say mini-epic, because with its cast of dozens, Ironclad 2 was never going to have battle scenes quite as spectacular as Braveheart* for example. The fight scenes, often one-on-one combat with broadswords, maces, axes and an impressive battle-hammer are as gory as hell though, with plenty of blood splashes a la Spartacus. The plot is fairly incidental, but depicts a Scottish siege of an Anglo-Norman castle just inside the English side of the border. The heavily outnumbered English put up a desperate resistance, led by our (initially) reluctant hero Guy (Tom Austen). Good and bad are not always clear cut and there is a certain edginess throughout, where you're never sure what apparently major character will be killed off next. You will recognise a few faces from Game of Thrones in here too.

The Blu-ray picture quality isn't the best I've seen, with a fair bit of grain particularly in the darker interior shots, but surround sound is used to very good effect. There's quite a stirring score too. A candid "behind the scenes" extra is worth a look and reveals how much the main cast enjoyed making this movie.

Overall, whilst the makers of Ironclad 2 were never going to have their mantelpieces weighed down with Oscars and Ironclad 1 was probably a more rounded and satisfying movie, this is still a very decent effort in the bloody-as-hell medieval battle genre. Probably 3 stars would be about right but, as some of the other reviews have been IMHO overly harsh, I've rounded it up to 4 stars. Well worth a look.

* Historically, Ironclad 2 is far less inaccurate than Braveheart though!
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