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Centurion (2010)

Michael Fassbender , Dominic West , Neil Marshall  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, David Morrissey
  • Directors: Neil Marshall
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00406UK7S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,154 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Centurion" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind the scenes featurettes
  • Deleted scenes with commentary
  • Outtakes
  • Interviews with cast and crew
  • Photo galleries
  • HDNet: A look at Centurion
  • Commentary with director and crew

  • Editorial Reviews

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    Centurion isn't just a rousing adventure, but a return to form for The Descent director Neil Marshall after the disappointing Doomsday. Irish actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) plays Quintus Dias, a Roman soldier attempting to defend the Empire against Northern England's indigenous Pict population, when they take him captive. Once General Virilus (The Wire's Dominic West), who inspires fierce devotion in his men, gets wind of the skirmish, he sets out to vanquish opposition leader Gorlacon (Ulrich Thomsen) with the aid of Etain (Quantum of Solace's Olga Kurylenko), a mute tracker. Though his Ninth Legion, which includes Bothos (David Morrissey) and Brick (Liam Cunningham, Fassbender's Hunger costar), tracks down Quintus, the Picts slaughter most other comrades and seize Virilus, shifting the battle for conquest into a struggle for survival, a Marshall specialty since Dog Soldiers. Only Arianne (Solitary Man's Imogen Poots), a medicine woman who treats Bothos's wounds, arrives as a light in the darkness, holding out the promise of romance should Quintus make it out of Pict territory alive. Though Centurion isn't a world away from historical epics like Braveheart and Gladiator--and succumbs to some of the same genre clichés--Marshall conjures up more of a Western feel with the Romans standing in for cowboys and the Picts for Indians. There's carnage aplenty, but also stunning Highland vistas in shades of emerald and teal. And though Fassbender is a fine actor, West and Kurylenko end up stealing the show by virtue of their more dynamic performances. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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    AD 117. The Roman Empire stretches from Egypt to Spain, and East as far as the Black Sea. But in northern Britain, the relentless onslaught of conquest has ground to a halt in the face of the guerrilla tactics of an elusive enemy: the savage and terrifying Picts. Quintus Dias (Fassbinder), sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' (West) legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the earth and destroy their leader Gorlacon. But when the legion is ambushed on unfamiliar ground, and Virilus taken captive, Quintus faces a desperate struggle to keep his small platoon alive behind enemy lines. Enduring the harsh terrain and evading their remorseless Pict pursuers led by the revenge hungry Pict Warrior Etain (Kurylenko), the band of soldiers race to rescue their General and to reach the safety of the Roman frontier.

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    217 of 232 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Muscular battles in the bitter North. August 11, 2010
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    This is a story set in the time of Roman Britain. It begins with the `myth' of the 9th Legion, which might have been destroyed in battle with the wild Picts of Scotland. The bulk of the story though is concerned with the flight of a small group of survivors and the merciless pursuit of their fierce and vengeful enemies.

    Frankly I struggle to understand the low profile of this film and the lukewarm reports. In my opinion it is a perfectly reasonable movie with some exceptional aspects. These include the stunning scenery which really conveys the bracing cold and desolation but also beauty of the far-North. It looks like an ancient land, all rugged and wild and is almost worth the price of admission alone. The Picts are hard as glacial ice, tough and violent and look very impressive too.

    With the story itself I had a few quibbles but it was serviceable. The action scenes were generally good, even tense in places but I was annoyed with some battle scenes which featured the modern technique of very frequent and too fast cut-a-ways, making it hard to know exactly what was happening. A note here, it is very bloody - there are flying limbs, very crushed body bits and blood splattering everywhere. This is however what the weapons of the time did. Both sides are shown as the hard cases they were too. The Picts are savage but the Romans were hardly the Red Cross. The characters are adequate, with the Pict King and the deadly female tracker being quite impressive. I enjoyed watching the Roman legion on the match and in battle, though its camp routine seemed different to the acknowledged practice. But the uniforms and armour looked pretty good to a layman like me. There was also some funny soldier by-play to provide some chuckles.
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    29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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    This is an absolutely excellent historical fiction film, granted with extreme license. OK, I am a Roman history pedant and aficionado of historical novels, so I brought to this a critical eye, but also a hope that I would get enveloped in the narrative, in subtle character, in wonder at the endless varieties of human ambition. At this, it was so successful that I forgot the present with complete delight, even after 2 full viewings.

    In terms of history, this is fiction based on speculation about what happened to the 9th Legion, which disappeared from the historical record without a trace - the only way to limn what happened to them is to piece together ambiguous clues, such as the inscriptions on grave stones scattered throughout the former empire. The time is that of the Emperor Hadrian, the golden age of the Roman Empire - the series of good, circumspect emperors who governed judiciously and without the insane excess that is remembered with Nero or Commodus. Rome is one of the largest stable empires the world has ever known, though it has experienced resistance in certain areas, such as the Picts in Northern Britain or the Parthians in Central Asia. Whatever happened, the film that concocts an explanation, and it is as plausible as an other, with plenty of fictional speculation and fantasy thrown in to build a narrative.

    To be honest, the film either works for you or it doesn't. All I can say is, if you liked HBO's Rome, this is the same kind of grainy, highly textured portrait, just not in the center (Rome) but on the periphery. I believe this preference is personal and subjective, a pure matter of taste. It is extremely bloody, with realistic battle sequences that are not for the squeamish.
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    69 of 86 people found the following review helpful
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    When I first discovered director Neil Marshall, I was an instant fan. In the horror genre, he did some solid work with the satisfying werewolf tale "Dog Soldiers" and the sublimely staged "The Descent" (which I know has its detractors, but for me was one of the most entertaining films of its year). The "Mad Max" retread "Doomsday" was an inevitable disappointment--but didn't dispel the notion that, at least, Marshall had a visual flair. I was intrigued to see him wander into "Gladiator" type territory with "Centurion" because the man can stage one heck of a battle. While the film, which is certainly better than "Doomsday," has a lot going for it--sadly, it ends up missing the mark. My guy reaction as I turned to my friend at the end was "Man, I wanted to like that much more than I did!"

    I was genuinely and actively rooting for "Centurion" to be more wholly satisfying--so I guess that's a positive comment in and of itself. First off, the film looks absolutely incredible. The sweeping countryside and mountainous terrain as the camera pans across is breathtaking. The battle sequences are alive and bloody--not as dreary as some recent higher profile epics. The film sounds fantastic with a pulsing orchestration that fits the film beautifully. But the film's greatest asset is its star Michael Fassbender. A sensation in the art house favorite "Hunger," Fassbender claims leading man status with ease. His grounded physicality and intelligence shine through--at times, you think that he's smarter than the material he's been dealt.

    The film covers the period of A.D. 117 when Roman troops were engaged in a struggle and trying to advance upon the the Picts in the Scottish highlands. The Picts employed guerilla tactics to hold the Romans off for 20 years.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not well done
    Weak story line. Cinematography was poor. Sets,make up costumes none were well done. It was a cheaply made movie. And I love a good show that tells stories of times long ago. Read more
    Published 15 hours ago by S. Jackson
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not GREAT, but GOOD
    Not as great as "The Gladiator", but a good, action/adventure, historical movie...with very capable actors (especially Fassbender). Read more
    Published 15 hours ago by Rose L. Estes
    4.0 out of 5 stars Solid movie in its genre.
    Constant action and decent story line keep the movie interesting throughout. If you like Roman legion movies and that genre, you'll like this one.
    Published 22 hours ago by EdgeOfAbyss
    3.0 out of 5 stars Story line was not unique
    This is a gory and violent movie, but at least the is no sex. This movie isn't bad, just isn't very good either.aa
    Published 1 day ago by D. Baker
    4.0 out of 5 stars Another Michael Fassbender favorite
    Bloody. Violent. Harsh. This Michael Fassbender film delivers a huge action packed punch. Great story. And Olga Kurylenko was marvelous in her unyielding lust for vengeance!
    Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
    1.0 out of 5 stars Poor production
    These guys could have used some real work on their swordsmanship. Should have hired some of the people who produced 300 or the t.v. show Rome to help on this one. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Bentley A.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Third time a charm
    Best movie ever, lots if bold and the ending is very sad but over y'all it's a great movie. I watched it like 3 times because I love it so much.
    Published 3 days ago by Rgrant
    3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining If You Are A History Fan
    The fate of Rome's 9th Legion is one of those unsolved mysteries of ancient history. This film provides a fictional glimpse at the tribes that might have ambushed the Romans, and... Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Michael Ramage
    2.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more...
    Leaves you wanting more, but not in a good way. After watching, I can only think that I was not entertained by this movie and I truly feel like I wasted almost two hours I can... Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Mr Orange
    4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
    Good movie. If blood bothers you skip this one though. Lots of action. Good acting even though they are mostly unknown.
    Published 7 days ago by Christopher
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    What really happened to the 9th legion?
    The 9th legion existed after the period of the film. It was last recorded on the Rhine. Incidently when three whole legions were ambushed and annihilated in Germany earlier in 9AD, unlike the end of the fictious film, no effort was made to hide the fact, but the numbers were retired.
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