The Eagle

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"The destiny of a soldier. The honour of a slave. The fate of an empire."
  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 1 hr 54 min
  • 6.2  (73,767)
  • 55

"The Eagle" is a historical drama movie released in 2011, directed by Kevin Macdonald. The movie tells the story of a young Roman named Marcus Aquila, played by Channing Tatum, who travels to Scotland with his slave, played by Jamie Bell, to recover the lost Eagle emblem of his father's regiment and restore his family’s honor. Donald Sutherland plays the role of Aquila's uncle who advises him before his journey.

The plot of the movie is set in 140 AD, 20 years after the loss of the Ninth Roman Legion of Britannia during an ambush in Caledonia (now Scotland) by the Pictish tribes. Rumours have it that the Eagle, which was the emblem of this Legion, has been held by the enemies since then. Marcus Aquila, inspired by his father's memory who was part of the Ninth Legion and held the position of Primus Pilus (the highest-ranking centurion), decides to rebuild his family's reputation by going after the lost Eagle.

Aquila is a young and ambitious officer who has recently been reassigned to a lower rank at a remote fort in Roman Britain due to his disobedience against his superior during a soldier's honour ceremony. Aquila, with the help of his slave Esca, decides to embark on a dangerous journey to the north to recover the lost Eagle. The duo reaches the northern wall of Hadrian, a great wall built by the Romans to protect themselves from the Pictish tribes.

Once they cross the wall, Aquila and Esca enter into hostile enemy territory. Aquila disguises himself as a travelling trader and finds his way to the dwellings of the Seal People, a clan that has been in conflict with the Romans. Despite facing opposition and mistrust from the locals, Aquila eventually wins favor with the tribe's chieftain's son, who introduces him to the Seal People's queen.

The story takes a dramatic turn when Aquila learns about the truth behind the loss of the Ninth Legion. He also discovers that his father was held responsible for the loss, and subsequently, he was disgraced and lost his position. Amidst all this, Aquila learns who has the hidden Eagle and begins his pursuit for it. The journey to recover the Eagle is filled with danger, including savage Picts, unfamiliar terrain, and an uncertain ally in the person of Esca.

"The Eagle" is a story of loyalty, bravery, and redemption. The movie brilliantly portrays the historical setting and showcases the cultural clash between the Roman and Celtic worlds. The characters of Marcus Aquila and Esca have been beautifully portrayed by Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, respectively. The movie shows how the two develop a bond of trust and respect for each other, despite being from different worlds.

Moreover, the stunning cinematography of the Scottish Highlands adds a visual charm to the movie. The movie also gives insight into the brutal practices that took place in the ancient Roman army. The training, discipline, and hierarchy of the army have all been depicted with utmost accuracy.

In conclusion, "The Eagle" is a must-watch for history lovers and fans of adventures. The movie takes the audience on a journey of a young man's quest to restore his family's honor, while showcasing the cultural and historical significance of an era. The performances of the cast, the direction, and the screenplay all come together to create an unforgettable experience.

The Eagle is a 2011 adventure movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 54 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2 and a MetaScore of 55.

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    6.2  (73,767)
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