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Ironclad (2011)

Paul Giamatti , James Purefoy , Jonathan English  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy, Kate Mara
  • Directors: Jonathan English
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X1Z14C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,162 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A Medieval Magnificent Seven, Ironclad is a violent action thriller that tells the true story of a motley crew of tough, battle hardened warriors, who withstood several brutal and bloody months under siege, in a desperate bid to defend their country.

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
Note, some spoilers follow.

Ironclad is your typical formulaic medieval movie; a motley band of brave warriors makes last stand against overwhelming forces led by evil, despotic ruler. Warriors are slowly whittled down to just a few, with the hero and the cleavage-baring princess sharing smoldering glances.

Ironclad is unique in the strength of its cast, despite its small budget. You have Brian Cox, James Purefoy (how far he has fallen since Rome!), Derek Jacobi, Jason Flemyng, Paul Giamatti, Charles Dance (plays Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones), Kate Mara (who replaced Megan Fox), and one of the pirates of the Caribbean who plays a Legolas-type role. Paul Giamatti is entertaining in his over-the-top role as the murderous King John, bent on killing all who forced him to sign the Magna Carta. However, even with the star-studded cast, the storyline is insufficient to keep the movie together. We're left with brutal action sequences, but even the action sequences were only average. They used too much "shaky-cam" footage, leaving this viewer with a slight headache.

It's clear that Ironclad takes liberties with historical events, but I do have to give them credit for at least alluding to those historical events. For example, historically, the Rochester Castle keep was undermined with fat from 40 pigs. However, in the movie, whole pigs were burned to undermine the keep (which would have made a delicious barbecue). Historically, King John did cut off the hands and feet of surrendering rebels, and we certainly see that here in rather gory detail. Historically, King John starved the rebels into submission, and in the movie, we do see some effects of starvation.

Ironclad isn't an Oscar-winning picture by any stretch, but it's an entertaining movie.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Potent Small Scale 'Braveheart' August 4, 2011
By MadMacs
Potent Small Scale 'Braveheart'

One of the better Medieval period-films I've seen. Accurate to the point of being disgusting and I'm more the pleased for it. Bloody, savage and brutal. No singing, no ridiculous troupes of dancing fools, no Renaissance Faires. This is what it was like: Gray, dingy and grim for a vast majority of people.

I'm always amazed at the folks who populate these reenactment camps - happily deceiving themselves by completely ignoring the truth. I want to see a Medieval Festival where urine and feces are randomly dropped onto people, to see streets of mud filled with the same. I want to know that the people there have no dental hygiene as we know it - not even a tooth brush. So how bad do you want to hug someone now? I want to smell insane amounts of perfume in an attempt to cover up rank body odor. I want to know the dry foodstuffs are infested with mites and grubs, and that the wet foods may or may not be rancid and/or infected with bacterial viruses. Clothes and bodies infested with fleas, skin covered in acne pustules, and a general brutality against the weak.

That's partly why I enjoyed 'Ironclad' - it didn't paint a rosy picture. <g>

The other reason: Ever since the cancellation of my much-lamented 'Rome', I've been hoping to see James Purefoy again. The guy is serious kick-ass. If there really were a comet-striking-the-earth-event, Purefoy is the dude I'd want to be around. I honestly see him clawing his way to the top of any primitive heap.

Particularly enjoyed the story, a good one for once, about the righteousness of the Knights Templar.
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76 of 90 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a true story July 10, 2011
By Saracen
I have been waiting for this movie to be released ever since I first heard about it back in 2009. Back then it was supposed to star Megan Fox, but for one reason or another she did not end up making the movie. Also, it was originally supposed to be a theatrical release, not a direct to video release. Despite what the Editorial review says, "Ironclad" is NOT a true story. It is a fictional movie based on historical events. "Ironclad" is based upon the siege of Rochester Castle during the First Baron's War (1215-1217). The war began when King John, having recently signed the Magna Carta, reneged on his promise to abide by the provisions of the documents which would significantly limit his power, and give the nobles the right to override the King at any time using the right of Distraint, and the tenets of The Law of The Land versus the will of the King. In return for his agreement to the Magna Carta, the Baron's had renewed their oaths of fealty to the King. When King John refused to honour the document, the Barons went to war against him. In the movie, the rebels are portrayed as Knights Templar, and King John recruits Scandinavian mercenaries to fight them. This is pure fiction. King John conducted the war himself along with Hubert de Burgh, the Earl of Kent; William Marshal, the Earl of Pembroke; and loyal English knights, no Scandinavians. The rebels were English Barons led by Robert Fitzwalter with support from Prince Louis of France, who subsequently invaded England and was declared King of England by the rebels. Also, King John relied upon starvation rather than combat to force the rebels to surrender Rochester Castle after a siege from October 15, 1215 to November 30, 1215, but two months of starvation would make for a very dull movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, good story line, adventure with realistic fight scenes. If you like fighting Medieval style you will enjoy!
Published 2 days ago by Matthew Jerabek
4.0 out of 5 stars BLOODY & BLUNT
BLOODY & BLUNT. How they did it in the old days, bloody. How they use to hold a castle under siege with just a few men is true. If you don't mind the blood, its a good flick. Read more
Published 1 month ago by King Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 1 month ago by Claudia B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and scary all rolled into one!
Paul Giamatti at his finest. Top rate acting and plot too. You won't be disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by Holly Schneck
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these kind of movies and this is one of ...
I love these kind of movies and this is one of my top movies
Published 1 month ago by Anthony C. Atilano Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars historical sort of , but it's a good action movie.
This is bloody and realistic in it's depiction of warfare and such. It is loosely based on the true story of King John's siege of the castle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Dobey
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Blood bath!
One VERY bloody and senseless film about a Castle Siege. Its a pity as it had a pretty good cast who gave it their best shot but the script just was not there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David D. Lawson
4.0 out of 5 stars great service
really good movie!
really liked it, great for the people who enjoy the reign of King John. A must see
Published 2 months ago by Kristin A Albano
4.0 out of 5 stars Great exciting movie!
Once it's turned on, one can hardly wait to see the end. The story itself, basically, is quite true to the history.
Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
I agree the violence was over the top but then when isn't it!
A beautiful love story and a meaningful depiction of the violence of the Middle Ages.
Published 2 months ago by milsy
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