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Neil Marshall's Centurion comes to America

02.25.2010

For a while there, the medieval action flick CENTURION from Neil Marshall (THE DESCENT, DOG SOLDIERS) was languishing without US distribution.

Magnet Releasing owner Mark Cuban reached into his impossibly deep pockets to fix that problem, and now the flick is being planned for theatrical release this summer. Magnet (who describes the flick as "a blood drenched masterpiece" - sample such badassery below) is known for giving a North American home to international genre films like ONG BAK 2, RED CLIFF, BRONSON and DISTRICT 13: ULTIMATUM.

Details: Boasting savagely violent battle scenes and an adrenaline fueled chase through the breathtaking Scottish highlands, CENTURION is set during the war between Roman soldiers and Pict tribesmen during the 2nd century Roman conquest of Britain. Michael Fassbender stars as Quintus Dias, Roman centurion and son of a legendary gladiator who leads a group of soldiers on a raid of a Pict camp to rescue a captured general (Dominic West). The son of the Pict leader is murdered during the raid, and the Romans find themselves hunted by a seemingly unstoppable group of the Pict’s most vicious and skilled warriors, led by a beautiful and deadly tracker (Olga Kurylenko), who are hell bent on revenge.

Extra Tidbit: Aside from GLADIATOR and 300 (and maybe TROY), are there any recent successful medieval/swords-and-sandals action flicks?
Source: Magnolia

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