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In 140 ad twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire ninth legion in the mountains of scotland young centurion marcus aquila arrives from rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father the commander of the ninth. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. mca Release Date: 06/21/2011 Starring: Channing Tatum Run time: 114 minutes Rating: Pg13 Director: Kevin Macdonald
Epic filmmaking has fallen out of favor, but The Eagle fights hard to bring it back. Marcus Aquila Channing Tatum chose to lead a Roman garrison in occupied Britain because that's where his father lost a military standard--a metal eagle, representing the glory of imperial Rome--on an expedition into the northern wilds. To reclaim his family honor, Aquila sets off into native territory to recover the eagle, with only a slave named Esca Jamie Bell to help him--but the more Aquila learns about Esca's history, the more he has reason to doubt his slave's loyalty. The Eagle starts with engaging momentum; this is a work of fiction, but there's an impressive commitment to the details of life, evoking the sights, sounds, and smells of a raw and brutal time. Director Kevin Macdonald began as a documentarian, which no doubt contributes to his appreciation for grit and sweat. Tatum is not the most versatile actor but he has enough solid charisma to anchor the movie; Bell's fluid emotional presence keeps their relationship dynamic. The movie loses steam in the last third, as the outcome is never really in doubt and the plot mechanics start to feel a bit rote. But for anyone with an interest in the era, or who simply enjoys a taste of blood and thunder, The Eagle has pleasures aplenty. --Bret Fetzer