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The Celtic queen who shook the Roman Empire. Wife of a king. Mother of two daughters. Leader of her tribe in first century Briton. Boudica (Alex Kingston, Moll Flanders and ER) is one of historys first and fiercest women warriors.
Sickened by ceaseless war, the king of the Iceni accepts a treaty with the Romans in exchange for his tribes continued independence. But oppressively high taxes impoverish the tribe and soon the Romans want something more slaves. Refusing to submit, the Romans, led by the greedy and psychotic Emperor Nero, move to crush the Iceni and control their lands. When the king dies mysteriously, his wife, Boudica, is left alone to face the rapacious Romans and save her people.
Drawing on the strength of her warriors, mystical druidic powers, and her own pain, Boudica unites the historically fractious tribes of Briton to unleash a stunning onslaught on the Roman colonial camps. The ferocity of Boudicas attacks will shake the foundations of the Roman empire and make her a legend.
Taken from the pages of Roman history books, the spine-tingling tale of the fearsome Queen Boudica, who dared to take on the most powerful army on earth, bursts into life as a story of love, treachery, and unquenchable thirst for revenge.
Special DVD features include: selected cast filmographies; selected cast list; biography of host Russell Baker; a link to the Masterpiece Theatre Web site; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired.
On one DVD5 disc. Region coding: All regions. Audio: Dolby stereo. Screen format: Letterboxed.
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What happened? The story was flat and predictable and suggested that Boudica's achievement was limited to perhaps 3 engagements or so. Little was shown of tremendous effort to distract, bewilder and confuse the Roman army and to unite the Celtic landscape. The depiction of Celtic civilization was overly primitive. Costuming lacked credibility. Gratuitous, violent and explicit sexual encounters were distracting, unnecessary, and fouled the film for younger audiences. Selective Latin and Celtic dialog with text translation would have given the film more authenticity. And yes the actors had to use the English language for most of the dialogue but did it have to cram the script with all of the 20th century cliches including "read my lips?" Linguistic anachronism screamed throughout the picture. What a disappointment! The story of Boudica still awaits a proper and competent film maker.
Definitely our biggest reason for buying the movie was that it headlined Alex Kingston and Emily Blunt had a supporting role.. We are huge Dr. Who fans so having an opportunity to see "River Song" outside of the Sci-Fi venue was a compelling reason to buy this. Also, Alex is six (6) days younger than I am so I guess I have that generational, born in March attraction. We are fans of Emily's work so that was an added bonus.
Again, we enjoyed it but mainly because of the cast and not the plotline, although we have experienced much worse in our time. If you are on the fence with this one, go ahead and buy it.
The location shots were beautiful. I liked the creation of the Iceni town and dwelling. It showed that research went into the creation of the town and interior of the dwelling.
The Roman officials and soldiers were portrayed as I imagined them to be, arrogant and brutal.
I did not appreciate the scenes of the gang rape of the two young daughters by Roman soldiers. I know they were violated and this is what led to the Iceni rebellion, but I felt it was just a little too much. Other than that, I enjoyed the movie.