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Death and deceit in Roman Britain

Centurion historical action; Starring Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Liam Cunningham

A word to the wise. If you ever travel back in time to Roman Britain, don't go for a pee. Anyone who takes a tinkle here usually gets a blade thrust between their legs, which really isn't a good way to go.

If you're expecting Gladiator meets Braveheart here, you're on the right track. If you're expecting the excellence of both, you're as lost as the forgotten Roman legion of this mini epic.

Quintus Dias (Michael Fassbender) is our Roman hero, desperately trying to make it back to the English lines after his legion is decimated by some mega-violent Picts in the highlands of Scotland.

You see they've been betrayed by the mysterious Etain (Olga Kurylenko), a Pict working for the Romans who had promised to help them conquer her old lands from the bloodthirsty King Gorlacon.

But she leads the thousands of legionnaires into a deadly ambush and soon only a small band of troops are left under Quintus's command as their general (played by The Wire's Dominic West) is taken captive.

When a bid to rescue him goes wrong, and the king's son is murdered by one of the treacherous Roman survivors, the band of brothers face a deadly race against time to get back behind the new Hadrian's Wall and safety.

Our own Liam Cunningham gets a high profile here as the likeable veteran soldier Brick, while the fact that so few survivors are left gives us time to get to know them. The only difficulty here is that it's hard to root for an invading force out to steal the Picts' lands.

Not the same budget or effects of Gladiator, but if you don't expect too much Centurion is not a bad bet, especially if you like a Braveheart-style body and gore count.

DVD EXTRAS: Plenty of deleted scenes; an in-depth making-of special; some humorous out-takes and a theatrical trailer.


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