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The Eagle
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Jun 27, 2011 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Kevin Macdonald

Actors:
Channing Tatum
Jamie Bell
Donald Sutherland

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A centurion (Tatum) sets out with his slave (Bell) to find a cherished eagle standard that will avenge his family's name.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
In 120 A.D. the Ninth Legion of the Roman Army marched into the unconquered territory of Northern BritainThey were never seen againAll 5,000 men vanished, together with their treasured standard--The Eagle.

Set in 140 A.D., the adventure finds Marqus Aquila (Channing Tatum, just as good-looking as your girlfriend says and just as bad of an actor as you think), an officer in the Roman army, out to cleanse the tarnished legacy of his familys name and late father, who was last to hold the cherished (and titular) standard when his legion went missing 20 years earlier. So Marqus, after some words from his uncle (Donald Sutherland), with his slave Esca (Jamie Bell) by his side, seeks out the eagle in Northern Britain.

What follows is a lot of trudging through filthy streams, forests and fields. Eventually Marqus and Esca track down the eagle, held now by the Seal People, and launch a chase that culminates in a finale with lots and lots of swordplay but very little bloodshed (remember, PG-13).

Few people, especially those under 14, likely went to see The Eagle for anything other than the grand action that the trailer emphasized. But the camera gets so close to the blades and armor during the battles that the choreography--which we can assume great effort went into--cant fully be appreciated and so excitement is lost.

If the story sounds vaguely familiar, it turns out that Kevin Macdonalds The Eagle is sort of an accidental companion piece to Neil Marshalls Centurion (2010), which told of the Ninth Legions disappearance that pushes the plot here. Neither is worth the time, but an uninspired 9th-grade history teacher may find them useful when it comes to covering that section of the textbook.
THE EXTRAS
Feature commentary with director Kevin Macdonald: Macdonald covers all of the basics in this track that, for most fans, is worth skipping around to their favorite scenes.

The Eagle: The Making of a Roman Epic (12:12): This is a standard promotional piece that uses interviews, clips and on-set footage to provide a look into the story and making of The Eagle.

Alternate Ending (4:38): Here, the eagle standard is given a much different sendoff.

Deleted Scenes (6:23): There are two here: one with a chariot race and the other a moment between Marqus and Esca.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Fans of Kevin Macdonalds The Eagle will be tempted to pick up this disc on the first day it hits shelves, as it houses both the Theatrical Version and the Extended Cut (though there is really very little difference). Still, there is a Blu-ray out there that presumably does more for the audio (which is good) and the video (which needs the 1080p treatment) than this DVD does and is therefore their best bet.
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9:06PM on 06/27/2011

Fassbender rocks!

I was interested in checking this movie out just because of Centurion... that movie was full of swords and gore, definitely kicked some ass!
I was interested in checking this movie out just because of Centurion... that movie was full of swords and gore, definitely kicked some ass!
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9:37AM on 06/27/2011

Huh?

Are you crazy? Centurion is a bad ass movie!!!
Are you crazy? Centurion is a bad ass movie!!!
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