Film review : The Last Legion

Peter P.Starred Page By Peter P., 18th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1xb-e0h9/
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Hey it's like a Bud Spencer movie ... but Bud looks more sexy in this movie ...

Specifications

Genre : Action/Adventure
Country : UK/Italy/France

Cast :
Colin Firth : Aurelius
Ben Kingsley : Ambrosinus / Merlin
Aishwarya Rai : Mira

Director :
Doug Lefler

Summary

Circa 460 A.D. Mira was born in a warrior-family in Kerala, India, was well versed in martial arts and self-defense, so much so that she was recruited by the Spanish royalty and re-located to Constantinople. From there she was instructed to assist Roman Commander Aurelius to plan the escape of 12-year old Romulus Augustus Caesar from a prison in Capri after his parents had been killed by the leader of the Alliance in turmoil-stricken Rome that has seen the deaths of five emperors in five years. Mira, Aurelius, and a Priest, Ambrosinius, along with a handful of loyal soldiers were successful in the escape plan and deliver Romulus to Roman Senator Nestor. What the crew do not realize is that their task is not over yet, for Nestor is all set to betray Romulus, leaving them with no alternative but to flee to Britannia, where they will be forced to confront a seemingly invincible Vortygn, whose main aim is to obtain a powerful sword that was meant for defense and defeat, and also ensure ...

My opinion

I expected an entertaining costume movie about Romans, but after a while it looked rather like an "Asterix and Obelix" soft-action movie. The only bright spot was the appearance of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The Romans should worship her. What a divine body.

The movie was of a high "Bud Spencer" level with Goths flying around in the sky, after which Mira appears gloating. Then there was Thomas Brodie-Sangster who had the same facial expression the entire film (excellent performance when you take that in mind). Kingsley starts as a nicely played counselor/teacher/philosopher (beautiful scene in the beginning of the film), but slowly evolves into an irritating magician. Him being Merlin was a complete surprise and a sign for me to start rolling my eyeballs.

I didn't care whether the film is historically accurate. I was hoping for an entertaining movie, but got a faint pathetic historical epos with men in skirts.

My rating 3/10

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Action, Adventure, Ben Kingsley, Film, Hollywood, Movie, Opinion, Pluymers Peter, Review, The Last Legion

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author avatar Peter P.
I'm Peter, 47 years and living in Belgium. I'm married with Veronika and together we have two lovely kids , Karolien (4y) and Filip (2y) I'm a big movie-fan and write opinions about it on my blog.

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