Thursday, June 2, 2011

365 Movies Day #65 "Centurion"

In honor of only having 300 more films to go, this one is thematic with the film "300". Yes, I know this is Romans, not Spartans and the location, time and conflict are totally different. What I am referring to is the presence of Michael Fassbender (who you may recognize from "Inglorious Basterds" and the upcoming "X-Men: First Class") and Dominic West (who couldn't save the "Punisher" sequel even with the help of Ray Stevenson). Both men are "300" veterans.

As I said, "Centurion" follows a different conflict with the Roman occupation of Britain and the mysterious disappearance of the IX th Roman Legion around 113AD. Fassbender plays a Centurion who runs into remnants of West's Famed legion as they attempt to regroup and thwart their enemy. One of the coolest things about this thing beside the excellent sword play is the fact that the lead villain is a woman. Olga Kurylenko is fabulously brutal in the film as the ruthless Briton antagonist.

Good performances and another fun film from director Neil Marshall who gave you the previously mentioned "DOG SOLDIERS" that I mentioned about 10 days back. Fans of "Dog Soldiers" will recognize actor Liam Cunningham who played Captain Ryan in the werewolf classic and plays Brick in "Centurions".

For more info on the IXth Roman Legion go HERE!


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