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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.
(B, C, Pa, L, VV, A, M) Light moral, redemptive worldview about honor but also sometimes implicitly extolling kindness, freedom and overcoming cultural division, plus some light pagan references; four obscenities and zero profanities; some strong intense ancient battle scenes with some blood includes fighting with swords and spears, stabbing, implied throat slitting, wrestling, man refuses to fight gladiator, talk of human sacrifice done by antagonists, and decapitated head but no blood or gore shown there, and man held down while surgeon extracts part of a spear tip from wound; no sex; upper male nudity and partial rear male nudity; alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, slavery.
THE EAGLE is a compelling military tale about an Ancient Roman soldier and a Briton uniting together to defend honor.
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.