Bloody But Stirring Adventure Story
Release Date: August 27, 2010
Audience: Older teenagers to adults
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: Magnet Releasing/Magnolia Pictures
Director: Neil Marshall
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Christian Colson and Robert Jones
Writer: Neil Marshall
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The story of CENTURION focuses on a Roman centurion named Quintas Dias, who is stuck in a remote fort in Northern Britain. The Pict barbarians take the fort and capture Quintus to use him as sport. Quintus escapes, however, and makes it to the large Roman fortress at York in the south.
General Virilus of the famed Ninth Legion wants to use Quintus’ knowledge to lead a final assault of 3,000 soldiers on the Picts. The battalion is betrayed, ambushed and slaughtered in a northern forest, however, and the general captured. Quintus survives, along with several other Romans, including the cook. He leads the men to the Pict camp to rescue the general, but the Romans fail. Making matters worse, one of the men, a deceitful rogue named Thax, murdered the chief’s son during the melee, a fact he hides from Quintus and the other Roman soldiers.
This act of murder begins a headlong flight back to the Roman lines in the south, with a Pict hunting party closely on their trail. The long journey back will test all of the men’s character. Of course, Thax has already failed the test.
CENTURION is a rousing adventure movie with plenty of action. The movie’s Roman protagonist is an honorable man of high character. Eventually, he must escape the brutal paganism of both the Romans and the Picts. In making that decision, he gets help from an unlikely source. All this gives CENTURION an incisive, inspiring, heartening appeal that media-wise viewers, including Christian viewers, may like.
Regrettably, CENTURION contains lots of very strong graphic, bloody war violence and strong foul language, including some “f” words. There is also an implication in the large Roman camp that the Roman soldiers are promiscuous with the local women in the town. This content, especially the violence and language, will limit the movie’s audience. It also deserves an extreme caution rating using MOVIEGUIDE®’s comprehensive system for rating and judging movies and their content, according to God’s objective, biblical standards.
CENTURION is a rousing adventure story with plenty of action. The movie’s Roman protagonist is an honorable man of high character. Thus, the movie extols honor, integrity, duty, courage, and even mercy. Eventually, the protagonist must leave behind the brutal paganism of both Rome and the Picts. Regrettably, CENTURION has plenty of very strong, bloody war violence and strong foul language, so extreme caution is advised for the media-wise.