While itís definitely big in terms of the scale of the battles, the size of sets, and the number of extras, the film looks and feels more like a TV movie. The tone is undeniably hokey, as is the equally bad script. (ďYou fought like a dragon!Ē) The action scenes arenít that exciting, suffering from bland fight choreography and PG-13 violence. Technically the movie is well-shot and takes advantage of its exotic locales, but the whole thing just lacks any discernible style other then "generic." It was hard to really describe it, until I looked up director Doug Leflerís previous work, which included directing gigs for the old Hercules and Xena TV shows. And thatís what THE LAST LEGION feels like; a longer, more expensive episode of Hercules or Xena.
I would say itís impressive they landed Ben Kingsley for this movie, but the man continues to sell out on an epic level. Here he plays a sorcerer with bad facial hair and no apparent powers, save for the one time he turns a rock in to feathers. As for Colin Firth, you can tell he wants to try something different from his previous romantic and dramatic roles, but I never completely bought him as a smoldering badass warrior. The same goes for international hottie Aishwarya Rai. She handles herself convincingly enough during the action scenes, but the thought of her as a master swordswoman is just funny. (Though I do like how they manage to consistently show off her cleavage, even though sheís supposed to be wearing heavy armor.)
One last thing; I donít know if the Romulus-Excalibur connection has any real historical basis, but the Arthurian legend just doesnít feel like it fits in to this movie. The only real connection is a forced bit of exposition at the end. I vaguely recall the real Arthur having some link to the Romans, but seeing the kid Caesar actually throw the mythical sword in to the stone is one of the more ridiculous things in a movie already chockfull of ridonkulousness.
Deleted Scenes (17:35): There are actually a couple scenes and extended bits here that work. Pity they werenít in the final cut.
Fight Scene Choreography (11:40): For each of the major fights, they present some raw training footage, which is nice to see without any talking heads. Also, hot blonde girl standing in for Aishwarya Rai kicks ass, literally.
Making THE LAST LEGION (20:41): Some of the behind-the-big-battle stuff was cool, but the rest is just your typical interviews and film footage.
From the Directorís Sketchbook (6:44): The same old boring side by side storyboard to film comparisons for two action sequences.
And a Trailer.
Extra Tidbit: Director Doug Lefler also directed second unit on a lot of stuff for Sam Raimi (SPIDER-MAN, A SIMPLE PLAN, ARMY OF DARKNESS).