This one is close to reaching epic level, but it really doesn't quite make it. Heath Ledger does a fair job, but one of the problems is that there are a couple of really decent actors who are not given nearly enough scope. One of them is Djimon Honsou, who nearly manages to steal the show anyway. The other is Wes Bentley, who was brilliant in American Beauty but is given absolutely no room to maneuver in a terribly wooden role.
The cinematography in this film is absolutely stunning, and at times the film can approach a truly epic scope, but perhaps a part of the problem is that we are too culturally distant from the values we see expressed, and the director's attempts to bridge that gap are clumsy and awkward. The connection that is drawn between the rugby pitch and the battlefield is rather well done. Enjoyable, but not a must see by any means.