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The Eagle: Unrated / L'Aigle de la 9e Légion (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, István Göz, Bence Gerö
  • Directors: Kevin Macdonald
  • Writers: Jeremy Brock, Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Producers: Caroline Hewitt, Charles Moore, Duncan Kenworthy, Miles Ketley, Tessa Ross
  • Format: NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • Release Date: June 21 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,788 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2011
Around the year 100, the Roman Legio IX Hispana supposedly went missing somewhere in Britain. Nobody really knows what happened to them.

But that hasn't stopped writers and moviemakers from speculating about what did happen. "The Eagle" is a solid adaptation of Rosemary Sutcliff's novel "The Eagle of the Ninth" -- a gritty, mud-slicked quest movie set in a time when Rome still ruled the world. Channing Tatum is a little wooden, but he's more than made up for by Jamie Bell's subtle performance.

Centurion Marcus Flavius Aquila (Tatum) is the son of the Ninth Legion's commander, and is determined to regain his family honor. But after he's horribly wounded in battle, he finds himself honorably discharged and facing a life of boredom... until he hears rumors that the Ninth Legion's golden eagle has been seen north of Hadrian's Wall. If he can get the eagle, his family's honor will be restored.

The problem is, no Roman has gone past the wall and lived to tell about it. So Aquila sets out to northern Britain, with his Briton slave Esca (Bell) as his only guide -- and quickly runs into deserters, rogue warriors, and the deadly blue-painted Seal People who helped destroy the Ninth Legion. Can they rely on each other long enough to find the golden eagle... and can they make it back to Roman land alive?

Of the three movies made about the Lost Legion in the last few years, "The Eagle" is probably the grittiest and most realistic -- there are no glorious battles, Hollywoodized Celts or Arthuriana. Instead, director Kevin Macdonald fills the movie with mud, rain, cold pale light, grimy little outposts, frenetic small battles and the spare expanses of Scotland.

And for the most part, the movie succeeds.
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Since I am not a stickler for complete accuracy to history, I found this an interesting show to watch. I enjoy anything from the time period that has a decent story and this show had that. I have watched it three times already and have not been bored yet. What people forget about movies is that they are someone else's interpretation or vision of what it must have been like. Critics of this movie, and there are some, take the fun out of it for the rest of us. Since none of us has actually experienced living during that time, it is arrogant to suggest that you know better than the movie makers. People who sit on the sidelines and don't actually do anything of any significance with their lives are usually the most adamant critics and complainers. I applaud the people who created this show and others like it for their vision and their courage for taking risks. Loved it. Keep them coming.
My demographics: I am 57, female, professional accountant, passionate about ancient history.
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This story of a son of military General who sustained injury during a military campaign. When he returned home, the military service gave him honorable discharge from service. He decided to retrieve a flag which was taking from his father by English warriors. Well watch it, and enjoy it.
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