Film #108: THE EAGLE aka THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH
The Eagle (aka The Eagle of the Ninth)
3 out of 5 stars
Based on the novel by Rosemary Sutcliff, this tale of honor, duty, and friendship stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell as two men separated by war and nationality who become not only friends, but find a kind of equality despite their class differences. The look of the film is terrific, the landscapes beautiful, and the action energetic and moving. However, the script itself is fairly by-the-book and bears a notable resemblance to a ton of other films in its genre. Tatum and Bell are decent enough in their roles, but again… very little happens that is unexpected. One weird thing of note also… the story is set in 140 AD in Roman Britain and yet the “villains” look and dress like American Mohican Indians. A small quibble, but one that I kept noticing and it drew me out of the film. Still, THE EAGLE is worth seeing for the cinematography alone. Just go in knowing that you won’t find many surprises here.