Starring: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell,
Denis O’Hare, Mark Strong
Tahar Rahim, Ned Dennehy,
Thomas Henry, Donald
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 114 minutes
Distributor: Focus Features/Universal
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Executive Producer: Tessa Ross, Miles Ketley,
Producer: Duncan Kenworthy
Writer: Jeremy Brock
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The story is set in 140 A.D., twenty years after the Ninth Legion of Rome disappeared in Scotland. The legion is presumed wiped out by the Scottish pagans, so Emperor Hadrian builds his famous wall separated Roman-controlled Britain from Scotland.
Now, Marcus Aquila, the son of the general who the vanished legion, has come to command a Roman outpost in Britain. Bravely leading his men, Marcus fends off a major attack, but is severely wounded.
Given an honorable discharge because of his wounds, Marcus is frustrated that he can no longer reclaim the honor of his father. While recuperating, Marcus impulsively saves the life of a young Briton in a gladiator contest, so his uncle buys the Briton, Esca, to be his slave. Esca vows to serve Marcus because he saved his life.
Then, the Romans and Marcus hear a rumor that the Ninth’s standard, the Roman Eagle, has been seen in a tribal temple in the far north. With Esca to show him the way into the Scottish highlands, Marcus sets off across Hadrian’s Wall. The dangerous trip will test the honor of both Marcus and Esca.
THE EAGLE is a compelling war movie set in ancient times. The location shooting in Scotland and Hungary is amazing. The basic premise is honor overcomes adversity and division. In the end, the British slave helps the Roman soldier regain his family’s honor, is rewarded for his efforts, and, through that, is able to overcome the division between them. There is brief foul language and intense war violence, so caution is advised for older children.
THE EAGLE is a compelling war movie set in ancient times. The location shooting is amazing. The movie’s basic premise is honor overcomes adversity and cultural division. The British slave helps the Roman soldier regain his family’s honor, is rewarded, and, through that, overcomes the cultural division. There is brief foul language and intense war violence, so caution is advised for older children.