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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
If you love siege films then you'll love this.
Based arounf King John's exploits and the Lords of the time forcing the signing of the Magna Carta this focus' on James Purefoys Knight Templar as he wrestles with his conscience and beliefs after time spent on the Crusades.
The film is gritty, visceral and honest in it's approach to war and battle.
Some...
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3.0 out of 5 stars MASADA MEETS THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
Perhaps it would be more accurate to say this was inspired by an historical event, rather than being based upon it. Historically this comes after "Robin Hood", and before "Season of the Witch." It is certainly more historical than "Season of the Witch" and "Robin Hood."

Paul Giamatti is a great actor, although previous actors...
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156 of 173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, 13 May 2011
This review is from: Ironclad [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
If you love siege films then you'll love this.
Based arounf King John's exploits and the Lords of the time forcing the signing of the Magna Carta this focus' on James Purefoys Knight Templar as he wrestles with his conscience and beliefs after time spent on the Crusades.
The film is gritty, visceral and honest in it's approach to war and battle.
Some beautiful vista shots contrast brilliantly with the dirt and poverty of life for the everyday man.

I was gripped from start to finish.
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3.0 out of 5 stars MASADA MEETS THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, 9 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Ironclad [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Perhaps it would be more accurate to say this was inspired by an historical event, rather than being based upon it. Historically this comes after "Robin Hood", and before "Season of the Witch." It is certainly more historical than "Season of the Witch" and "Robin Hood."

Paul Giamatti is a great actor, although previous actors have portrayed King John as being a lot taller. The movie makes statements such as when the knight is talking to his squire:

Knight: "Have you ever killed a man before?"
Squire: "No"
Knight: "It is not a noble thing."
Squire: "Even when it is for freedom?"
Knight: "Even when it is for God."

The battle really had nothing to do about freedom. The whole Magna Carta was designed to give rich barons more power over the king. It was a struggle within the feudal system as to who would be the boss. The serfs were still serfs no matter who sat on the throne.

This movie takes place after King John is forced to sign the Magna Carta and then he instantly reneges on it. John employs the use of foreign mercenaries to go after and kill each of the barons who signed the document. Baron Albany decides to take a stand with a small group of fighters while waiting for help from the French...who will be their new king, all the while spouting about the "freedom of men." The movie climaxes at the siege of Rochester Castle which was initially turned into a battle and included a Knight Templar. The fighting includes blood splattering on the camera lens and a man being cut in half (lengthwise). The King's army manages to erect multiple ladders against the wall, fills them with soldiers, but apparently only 6 or so soldiers can make it over at a time and more can't come over until the previous ones have been killed... only in the movies. To add drama between the fighting, the castle baron's wife is not being serviced properly by the baron. She (Kate Mara as Lady Isabel) has eyes for the Knight Templar (James Purefoy as Thomas Marshall) who has taken an oath of chastity. (Guess how that works out.) The cruelty displayed by King John at the end is historical.

James Purefoy was lame in his character, perhaps by intention. More of Giamatti was needed. Not as good as "Robin Hood" or "Season of the Witch" but better than Roger Corman's "Cyclops."

Brief nudity (not Kate), no F-bombs, brief sex.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too good, 5 April 2013
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This review is from: Ironclad [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
This is not a great film. I suppose it passes the time, and shows what maybe pretty realistic and bloody battle scenes, though why the heroes very rarely wear helmets is rather silly.

But that should be no surprise, because that's one of the motifs of the film throughout. I ended up rooting for the bad guys; Cornhill and John. The first because he was a man of peace whose property and life are endangered by a band of fanatics obsessed by sacrificing his in a war he doesn't want. John, because as a king he ruled by divine right and had been thwarted by rebellious subjects and forcd into putting his seal to the Magna Carta. The rebels are actually traitors, in league with their country's enemy, the French, and we're expected to cheer them on.

There's lots of historical blunders and these have mostly been pointed out elsewhere. But a few extras - we're shown a copy of MC with the name 'King John of England' written in English not Latin; the annoying squire bleats about 'the people' and 'freedom' and no one asks him what he means behind these hollow phrases (an end to serfdom? and end to tithes?) Why does the baron become a woollen merchant? Why do the Danes stop hacking at the keep door and dig a mine in a few days? Why don't the rebellious barons help our heroes out? And why don't they taunt John as 'Lackland or Softsword? The unarmoured and untrained heroine gets through unscathed, oddly enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, 21 July 2011
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This review is from: Ironclad [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
As long as you dont take this film too seriously it is not only great fun, but its great action and well shot with some fantastic action scenes and a great wardrobe.
With a film shot in this time period you want to see everyone getting really down and dirty, even the king and they get none dirtier than Paul Giamatti (what a great choice to play King John). For a flawed hero while he would not be the first name to spring to mind James Purefoy does a stirling job and really makes the role his, and arch villan or in this case great defender Brian Cox is just excellent.

I had loads of fun watching this film.... but dont expect reality...we are talking about a handful of men holding a castle against 1000+ Danish Mercenaries... but it is great period blood and guts action.

(Parm)

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A medieval Magnificent Seven, that combines the visceral, stylized action of 300 with the impassioned heroism and romance of Braveheart. Starring James Purefoy (Solomon Kane), Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy), and Paul Giamatti (Shoot `Em Up), Ironclad is an ultra-violent action thriller that tells the true story of a motley crew of tough, battle hardened warriors, who withstood several brutal and bloody months under siege, in a desperate bid to defend their country's freedom.
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63 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bloody good!, 18 May 2011
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I saw this recently at a cinema in Dubai so I am surprised it is soon out on release. As said elsewhere it deserves more support. Surprisingly bloody, and that is probably why, but shame on the distributors. Nevertheless it is a very good film but not for the faint hearted. A sort of Magnificent Seven in armour, and why not!
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128 of 151 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ironclad boodbath, 1 May 2011
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Ironclad is based on the historical siege of Rochester castle by King John. The film is period authentic, very violent, totally gripping, spoiled only by an over the top performance by Paul Giametti as King John. But you can feel and smell the period, and if you have a strong stomach, for these were bloody times indeed, you will enjoy this. It deserved a better life in cinemas than the short one it got.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining caricature, 13 Jun. 2012
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This review is from: Ironclad [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
What are you looking for in a DVD about the siege of Rochester that took place in 1215, after some of King John's barons rebelled against him? A historically accurate story? Good actors who perform in ways that make their characters look realistic? A lot of savage but realistic fighting? All three or none of the above? Depending on your answers to these questions (and perhaps a few others), you will either love or hate this film, or anything in between.

First, does it accuratly tell the story of the siege of Rochester during which John and his army mostly made up of mercenaries besieged a handful of rebels for several weeks? The answer to this one is both yes and no. The rebels were indeed commanded by Baron William d'Albani, one of the feudal lords that had signed Magna Carta, but there were a couple of hundred of them and many knights among them, as opposed to the handful shown in the film. The presence of a Templar Knight is a pure invention as is having the Templars siding with the rebels against King John. In all likelihood, and since the Knights Templars answered to the Pope, who happened to take King John's side after a piece of skillful diplomacy from the King (who was as useless as he generally is made to be), they are very unlikely to have sided with the rebels. In fact, one of the only Templars mentioned in the sources is one Brother Roger who was used by John to distribute money to the King's mercenaries as and when they landed on the South coast of England to reinforce his army. A related point, concerning John forces, is that these were mostly made up of mercenaries who came from just about everywhere from France (there were Bretons, Gascon crossbowmen, Poitevins and Flemish, among others) but certainly not from Scandinavia or the Isles (whether the Orkneys or the Hebrides), as the film seems to imply, and, of course, they were not commanded by one "Tiberius" - a character that is just as fictional as that of the main hero in the film (the Templar Knight). In fact the whole film is a mix of historically correct pieces and others that are not at all historical. The undermining of the walls and of one of the towers is mostly accurate (except for the 40 pigs whose fat was used to set of the mine and which were not burned alive) did happen and King John did have the castle relentlessly bombarded by 5 siege machines for weeks. Some of our hero's equipment is rather anachronistic, such as his two-handed sword which did not come into use before another century or so, or the type of helmet (heaume) that he wears in the film some 50 years to early. Finally, the real story ended in a rather less dramatic way: the defenders finally surrendered and King John, after having had had a couple of them mutilated and executed (but none of them were knights) had the rest of them emprisoned in his various castles and held for ransom, including William d'Albani.

Now many potential customers either do not care too much about historical accuracy, meaning they might not care a rat's behind about it, in more straighforward terms, or at least they do not object when such a film is somewhat inaccurate, as long as the actors are good, the story holds together and it is action-packed with masses of fighting. Regarding actors' performances, I am afraid the film is a bit of a mixed bag, to put it nicely. Some actors, such as Paul Giamatti playing King John tend to make their character look somewhat ridiculous. Even our blue-eyed Templar, who will, of course, go off into the sunset after having renounced his Order with the conveniently widowed landlady, is a bit of a caricature and the normally excellent Derek Jacobi is a shadow of his usual self in this film. So, definitly not a film that would be on the short list for the Oscar of Best Actor.

What is left is a series of savage fights where the Director has - at times - gone rather overboard and attempted to make the story as gory as possible. So, expect masses of limbs being chopped of more or less unrealistically, and a tongue being cut out from an old priest towards the beginning of the film. There is even a case where one of the defenders during the siege picks up a cut off limb and uses it as a club against the besiegers. At this point, I confess I could not stop laughing.

However, even as a caricature, I still somehow managed to find the film entertaining and I have even seen it a couple of times since I bought it a while ago. Nothing to really write home about, perhaps, but still an entertaining caricature and, because of that, it is worth three stars for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'A DECENT MEDIEVIL TALE', 6 July 2014
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rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ironclad [Blu-ray][Region Free][2011] (Blu-ray)
This is a gritty and very graphic action-packed movie set in the dark ages during the reign of 'King John'
'Thomas' (James Purefoy) returns to England having served the Church in the Crusades, he is due to be released from his 'Templar' vows, however 'England' is a land ruled by 'King John' who after signing the 'Magna-Carta' renages on his promise drafting in an army from europe to crush those that had apposed him.
'Thomas' along with a small group of battle-hardened warriors aim to defend a strategic Castle in Southern England from the 'King' and the drafted-in army......the odds --1000 vs the 20 defenders.
plenty of high drama and action.............worth a spin if yer' into action movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Is Killing a Noble Thing?" - Too right!,, 10 Sept. 2011
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This is a British made historical battle-a-thon, It is set in the aftermath of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John. He was more or less forced to sign and as such, felt somewhat aggrieved, so in the true fashion of all absolute monarchs, he sets about killing (gruesomely) every bally person responsible, that is the Barons and their `Monk Knights', the legendary Knights Templar.

King John is found out by one of the returning Crusader Templars played by James Purefoy (Solomon Kane), he teams up with the Baron of Albany played by the ever good value Brian Cox. They realise that in order to stop King John they will need to hold the strategically important castle of Rochester. King John has enlisted the help of the Danes, with the promise that they will be allowed to carry on worshiping their Pagan Gods and not have the Pope stuff Christianity down their throats. I suspect a bit of gold may have been promised too. They then set about taking the castle, but Albany has rounded up a small band of killing machines that like nothing more than a big ruck. They include Mackenzie Crook making another change of direction from his more sombre roles as in `The Office'.

Rochester is owned by Derek Jacobi playing Cornhill, and he is married to Kate Mara (Isabel), she is somewhat neglected in the bed chamber department and soon finds herself drawn to the mysterious and pious Templar. You just know stuff is going to happen. Meanwhile the siege begins, with trebuchets', siege towers and scaling ladders, plus loads of Viking nutters. They are ridiculously outnumbered but believe that help is on the way from France and so have to hold out.

This is a brilliant film, with blood and guts from the beginning and some excellent performances most notably from Paul Giamatti who plays King John, he was so good at being evil, I found myself swearing at him at one point (very juvenile). The fight scenes are frequent and gory and everyone is covered in filth and grime all the time, the way it would have been, no Hollywood airbrushing thank gawd.

There is some CGI, but it is all done very well, there is a little de rigueur examination of the ethics of faith and the Papacy, but nothing to take this off track from being a blood and gore filled action fest. At 116 minutes, you will feel it is a short film, but you will also feel satisfied, this should have got a much wider circulation and I am so glad I finally got round to seeing it - if you like historical action this is a must see for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nine Samurai, 13 April 2013
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Pete Johnson "Pete Johnson" (Norfolk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ironclad [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Like many other reviewers, I agree that this film is best compared to 'Seven Samurai', or 'The Magnificent Seven'. If you are able to let historical accuracy take a back seat, there is a nice little film in here somewhere. Disregard the unnecessary sub-plots, try to forgive the woeful casting of Paul Giamatti as King John, (just for the US market, presumably) and enjoy an old-fashioned blood and guts tale; of castle sieges, and knights in armour. There is sufficient precedent for good films that also threw away the history books. 'The Vikings', 'Excalibur', and many more, all spring to mind.
Focus on the good points. Nice period detail, extremely well staged; violent and bloody deaths and injuries, good use of correct weaponry of the age, and an excellent performance from James Purefoy, as the seemingly immortal, brooding Knight Templar. Sufficient acting gravitas is evident too, with the presence of Charles Dance, Derek Jacobi, and Brian Cox. Try not to dwell on King John's slightly comical army of Viking mercenaries, the speed and accuracy of Mackenzie Crook's arrows, or the over-attractive serving wench, granting her favours to Jason Flemyng. Wait for the frantic battle scenes, the horrific injuries, shown in eye-popping detail, and the grisly punishments handed out by the King. Then, consider the price, less than the cost of large popcorn at your local multiplex, and you will conclude that this is excellent value for money entertainment. And it is not only full of British actors, it is set and filmed in England too. Anything less than four stars would just be churlish.
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