Film #110: CENTURION
3 out of 5 stars
From THE DESCENT’s Neil Marshall comes this rollicking Romans vs. Picts bloodbath of a film. The problem is… that the first half of the film is so good and action-packed that, when it comes time to actually tell a story, the audience’s blood is up and the pace seems to slow to an absolute crawl. I mean, the first half of this film is covered in blood and gore. Then, there are huge sequences of just helicopter tracking shots of men running. The actors do their best with what’s given them, but again… the initial pace of the film is so frenetic that anything less seems trite and boring. Yes, there needs to be a story, but the audience’s expectations get raised to such a degree that the latter half just draaaaags. Still, CENTURION is far and away one of the better action-oriented films I’ve seen in recent months and is definitely worth the rental.