I enjoyed this DVD, bought from Amazon UK. And I think most reviewers have been a bit harsh in their ratings. Its gritty, hard edged but thankfully missing the wanton gore of its contemporary movies without missing the violence and harsh barbarian reality of the time in which the movie is framed.
The message is clearly projected.... the corruption, arrogance and deceit of politicians is there much the same as it is the world over today- looking down on honest folk who through their decency keep the human world from decending into the primordial sludge we are said to have come from.
And the bond between father and son, wanting to believe the best of the man who took 5000 Centurions into Caledonia never to be seen again- the deep rooted worry that there might have been thruth in the rumour spread by politicians of cowardice and family dishonour- which of course, you have to see the DVD to find out the truth about the Golden Eagle- the symbol of Rome and its civilisation.
The young man Marcus puts aside his prejudice towards the "inferior" Brit slave, as he grows to find that he is more honourable and trustworthy than some of his own Roman kind.... indeed, a solid story centering on the bond that develops between these two people who come from very different backgrounds.
A decent human story with universal appeal which makes you want to shout out and cheer when "the good guys" get it right.
Buy the DVD, its worth every penny.