The Last Legion [DVD]
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Action adventure set at the time of the fall of the Roman empire. As the Roman Empire crumbles, the last Emperor, Romulus Augustus Caesar (Thomas Sangster), flees the city, heading for Britain, in search of a long-lost legion of Roman soldiers. Romulus's plans soon change however, when he stumbles upon the mythical sword of Excaliber, and becomes part of its history.
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It's 460A.D.and Rome is on the verge of falling to the Goths whose leader Odoacer( Peter Mullan) looks like Hagar The Horrible .Young Emperor to be Romulus Augustus(Thomas Sangster), rumoured to be blood relative of Caesar( Ehhh!!) is crowned just before the invasion hordes take the city and is thus a prize capture for them. Once this is done Odoacer charges his vicious soldier Wulfila(Kevin Mckidd) to take the lad to a remote virtually impregnable fortress , though he does allow mysterious sage come magician Ambrosinus (Ben Kingsley) to act as the lads companion which on reflection he may have come to regret.
They are then pursued by commander of the Legions Aurelios (Colin Firth) , some of his men , and an Ottoman warrior Mira (Aishwarya Rai) who is there because of her empires allegiance to Rome , but more probably because she is incredibly attractive and gives the film some love interest.
The action eventually moves to Britannia so the renegades can hook up with the ninth legion -the last in the empire. Here a masked villain called Vortgyn( Harry Van Gorkum) enters the fray because he has some connection to Ambrosinus and the whole thing is resolved with a big battle and it's after this that the film finally reveals it's hand and makes the connections to the Arthurian legend.Read more ›
Nothing dramatic and although I wouldn't scare you away completely, there are much better films out there.
And a damn good one at that. Gladiator is another example, not much fact but a great film. As for realism, Romulas, Vortkin, the Goths, the Eastern Empire, Hadrians Wall, all there for some realism. And a great stirring sound track.
The film has an amazing cast, including Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley and John Hannah, and there's an early role for Rupert Friend (Homeland's friendly CIA assassin) but best of all, it seems to have served as an audition reel for half the supporting cast of Game of Thrones - Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed), Owen Teale (Allisair Thorne), Nonso Anozie (Xaro Xhoan Daxos), Alexander Siddig (Doran Martell), Robert Pugh (Craster) and James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont) all feature prominently and get the chance to show off some skills with sword, staff or bow.
The story itself is a classic quest - a crumbling Roman Empire begins recalling its legions as its pacts with mercenary forces become strained. A betrayal following the coronation of a new, 12 year old Emperor (Brodie-Sangster) sees Rome sacked and its senators acquiesce before the invading Goth army. The Emperor is kidnapped and Colin Firth's Legionary commander embarks on a mission to free him. But after a further betrayal, they are forced to escape north to Britannia and seek out the ninth legion, which may the last legion still loyal to Rome.
Unfortunately, the film suffers from some bad cinematography and direction, and the plot feels like three separate stories lumped together. Still, it's worth watching just to see the aforementioned epic cast in action.
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Starts of okay then looses the plot a sort of swashbuckling fairy tale with a touch of BollyWood thrown in.Published 13 days ago by John Rose
The fall of the Roman empire ,begins when a boy takes over and then his town is attacked and his parents killed.so begins the journey to Britain. Read morePublished 1 month ago by the reader
Facts are few and far between so the makers of this film have licence for an an ( inferred ) Arthurian tale complete with sword which isn't ( or is it ? ) Excalibur . Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. jackson
Very pleased to find this film on DVD. Excellent condition, as described.Published 4 months ago by Jayxx