Ironclad: Battle for Blood
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: Brace yourselves for another brutal battle, as one of the few survivors of the Great Siege of Rochester Castle fights to protect his family s estate from fierce Celtic raiders. With a new battleground and a new enemy, IRONCLAD: BATTLE FOR BLOOD promises to deliver the same ferocious, adrenaline-filled action and gory kills that defined IRONCLAD. It s 1216, just one year after the battle at Rochester Castle, and a new enemy threatens English life that s far more terrifying than King John - bands of Celtic raiders, stealing livestock and killing anyone who gets in their way. After the death of their father at the hands of these raiders, siblings Hubert, Blanche and Kate and their cousin Guy are determined to defeat them, once and for all.
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The film? If you like the shaky camera movement in film today then you might like the cinematography of "Ironclad II", if it makes you nauseated to watch then pass on this film - the movie is full of shaky camera movement. I do NOT like the "let's shake the camera" cinematography.
Now, if the camera was still then I could have enjoyed this film a lot more. The story is OK, not grand but okay. Acting is alright while the costumes & sets are really nice but that's about it with this film.
This is NOTHING like the original film as far as quality. I know they were on a budget but why ruin the film with a shaky camera? This is why I'm NOT fond of today's films - nauseating camera movements.
I'm disappointed in this film - and I was looking forward to watching it but not with this shaky camera. Film makers: "Please stop with all the crappy shaky cameras - it's annoying! Copycatting this crappy style makes for a crappy film.".
Though I would still call the first IRONCLAD a better movie overall, I would assert this is a worthy sequel and actually better in just a few ways. If we judge this in the world of B movies I might even consider 4 stars for this one. The acting is quite good if judged in that context and the production values good as well. There are only a few effects used for catapulted rocks and fires on the castle at some points. Unfortunately these were noticeably thin, but not too distracting. The story is very well constructed. The one area that prevented it from being a truly excellent movie is that the characters were not fleshed out. Through most of the movie I kept thinking it wasn't distinguishing itself in any way, but I was enjoying it still. Where it makes up for the short comings is that it tries to be just a little more substantial or meaningful, with just slightly less cheese, than the first. If they had just fleshed the characters and story out a little more, It might have worked.
THE PLOT: 5 years after the siege of Rochester Castle (Amazon's description says 1 year, but this is incorrect), the character of Guy the Squire is now Guy de Lusignan. He is a mercenary drifting listlessly and struggling with inner demons, jaded after his actions at the siege of Rochester. England is more peaceful, but English Lords on the borders are left to defend their own lands. One such lord is Gilbert de Vesci, who's wife Joan is Guy's aunt. His castle comes under attack from a Celtic clan that is trying to reclaim what they feel is their land. To complicate the issue, the clan leader's son is killed during one of the attacks and each side becomes bitterly entrenched, bent on vengeance or survival. Gilbert sends his son Hubert in search of Guy de Lusignan in hopes of raising some small support. Hubert is disappointed to find his cousin in a debauched and bitter state, apparently willing to fight only where money is involved. Money is paid and Guy returns with a small group of other mercenaries. There is also a tiny bit of backstory between Guy and the daughter of Gilbert named Blanche (also his cousin of course). The cast of mercenaries is very interesting, but this is one area I mentioned that just isn't fleshed out. On in particular (Crazy Mary) is saved from the executioner and joins their band. Actress Twinnie Lee Moore makes a pretty kick-butt little fighter playing Crazy Mary and I wish we knew more about her character.
The movie delves a lot into the disillusionment of battle as well as honor and duty for family. There are still well recognizable stars (at least two or more from Game of Thrones like Michelle Fairley. The action is also quite good. As I mentioned before, the movie doesn't fail because of cheesiness as you might expect. The story and the acting are quite excellent all considered. Many will still enjoy this a lot, but I suggest a rental first. If they had just fleshed out some of these excellent characters, I think this movie would have been outstanding.
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