This is the second film about the Roman Ninth Legion I’ve watched in the last few days.
Starring Michael Fassbender as centurion Quintas Dias in the title role, Fassbender leads a stellar cast of actors in a fine example of how to make a film thoroughly believable.
Among the cast are Dominic West as General Titus Flavius Virilus, commander of the Ninth Legion, Paul Freeman as governor Julius Agriccola, Noel Clarke, who co-starred in Dr Who and, David Morrissey.
Quintas and his men are hard living, hard fighting Roman soldiers, being pursued relentlessly by Etaine, a mute female Pict tracker played by Olga Kurylenko, charged with hunting them all down and destroying them on the orders of the Pictish king Gorlacon, played by Ulrich Thomsen, for the murder of his son when Quintas and the few survivors of the destruction of the Ninth Legion, try to rescue their general from the Pict’s clutches.
The film is not only believable, but it was also shot in the highlands of Scotland adding to the film’s realistic atmosphere.
A few days ago I watched an American made film called “The Eagle”, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, concerning the story of the Roman Ninth Legion, and what happened to it when they ventured into the lands of the Picts.
Quite simply, “The Eagle” pales into insignificance in terms of acting excellence, believability, and downright pure cinematic quality when comparing it to “Centurion”.
Centurion gets six out of five stars from me.