The Eagle is one of those historical Roman army movies that many guys will probably want to see. Usually, these movies show plenty of gratuitous violence and I end up fast forwarding through most of those scenes. The last one I saw was Centurion which is very similar in story and scope to The Eagle. The casting of Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell is curious because they both do not seem obvious choices for both characters. I like the trailer. It shows a wild Scotland and the native tribes of Scots that used to live there. They are kind of scary. That is one brave soldier to go into that wilderness to retrieve an emblem of the Ninth Legion. Mark Strong, Donald Sutherland, and Denis O’Hare also star. The film is directed by Kevin MacDonald who has directed critically acclaimed movies and documentaries (The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void, and Life in a Day which will be premiering at Sundance and on Youtube).
In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian’s Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia – to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father’s memory, and retrieve the lost legion’s golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth.
The Eagle is in theatres February 11, 2011.