Centurion (2010)

48.

★★★

Directed by: Neil Marshall
Written by: Neil Marshall
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko

There seems to be a running theme in all of Neil Marshall’s films. Whether it be from creepy cave creatures or cannibals, Marshall’s thrillers always seem to involve characters running for their lives. In Centurion, the running continues as brave Roman soldier, Quintus Dias (Fassbender) is handed the responsibility of getting the survivors of Rome’s strongest legion back home after being brutally outnumbered in a Pict infested forest.

Action shot!

While the rich natural landscapes of Northern Britain, splashed with the blood and gore of helpless Roman soldiers and savage-like Picts keep our eyes entertained, there isn’t much in Centurion to keep our brains excited. Despite the gritty and fast-paced action, Centurion chases its character through a plot that is rather uneventful and unexciting as the motivations of the characters and their journey through the film are simply not compelling enough.

But in comparison to Neil Marshall’s earlier films, Centurion is a great improvement (no offence). The performances are captivating, despite the lack of creativity applied to the film’s characters, and the action is well directed and executed. Hopefully, we’ll run into an even better Neil Marshall film in the future.

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