The Eagle – Movie Review

25 09 2011

Be prepared to get down and dirty (not really) in The Eagle. This Kevin Macdonald directed historical flick follows a Roman soldier named Marcus (Channing Tatum) whose father was part of a group of soldiers that ambiguously disappeared in the forest. Now Marcus must travel to the site of his father’s supposed murder and reclaim an Eagle shaped statue-thingy which will restore his family’s honour. Sounds like the inspiring story of the year, but unfortunately it is not.

The Eagle starts out quite promisingly with its cinematic visuals and respectable tone, but after a while becomes very dry and overly serious. The film gets so restless at times, you feel as if everyone is just dragging their feet from start to finish without any real passion. The one-dimensional story has very little rhythm, although it manages to rise up a little bit at the crucial moments.

Tatum in the lead role seems to be for the sake of attracting young girls and also people who remember the 2009 G.I. Joe movie. His acting in this film is not terrible, but there is still lots of room for improvement. Jamie Bell of Billy Elliot fame plays Marcus’ slave who later on becomes more than that, and the relationship between these two boys is mildly interesting. Donald Sutherland appears in a minor yet prevalent role, and adds a tiny drop of credibility into this lifeless adventure.

The Eagle is stuck somewhere between Gladiator and 300, and will have lots of trouble finding an audience. The film contains a couple of skillful sword-fighting scenes, but everything else is mediocre at best. In the end, The Eagle feels more like a made-for-TV movie that you happen to catch on a lazy afternoon. Unless you are really into the Roman period stuff, you can skip The Eagle.

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13 responses

25 09 2011
Summit10

anything with Tatum in it will never fly. Cheers!

28 09 2011
Ipodman

He’s not that bad… but he’s nothing special. Cheers!

26 09 2011
cineramaetcetera

hmmm, I have this on TBW pile and only got interested in it because of the amazing Centurion (starring Michael Fassbender) covering the same topic — the missing Ninth Legion of Caledonia.

28 09 2011
Ipodman

Ahhh I haven’t seen Centurion… I need to check that out!

30 09 2011
cineramaetcetera

yeah, do so. It’s very good 🙂

1 10 2011
scarletsp1der

I watched it, reviewed it, and then forgot it. haha.

Pretty much what happens for me and all of Channing Tatum’s films. We’re in alignment on this one. It just didn’t have what it takes to go up to the level of 300 or Centurion or something like that.

1 10 2011
Ipodman

300 isn’t THAT good to me… heh.

Watch Gladiator instead!

1 10 2011
ianthecool

Nice to know. I will avoid it.
What did you mean that it is between 300 and Gladiator? In terms of quality? If so, which of those two films did you like less than this?

1 10 2011
Ipodman

I was referring to the overall feel and tone of the film… It wants to be a character driven film like Gladiator, and also wants to be an epic action movie like 300. In the end, it’s stuck in the middle 😐

1 10 2011
scarletsp1der

Gladiator is definitely amazing! no doubt!

2 10 2011
Ipodman

Yea, one of my favourite Ridley Scott films.

14 10 2011
Kay aka Babygirl

Great review. I didn’t really like this movie all that well either.

14 10 2011
Ipodman

Yea, the movie is not very good… Thanks for stopping by!

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