REVIEW: ‘The Eagle’ is faithful, but not fresh

Feb. 11, 2011 | 6:37 p.m.

Sheri Linden reviews the Channing Tatum vehicle “The Eagle,” seeing highs and lows in the episodic quest:

Channing Tatum (left) and Denis O'Hare (right) in "The Eagle." (Matt Nettheim / Focus Features)

It’s jarring, at first, to hear Romans speak with American accents in “The Eagle.” But that sly twist on sword-and-sandals convention makes perfect sense, lending a 21st century perspective on empire to this 2nd century drama. If only more of the film felt as fresh.

Director Kevin Macdonald, who has explored extreme personalities in such memorable work as “One Day in September,” “Touching the Void” and “The Last King of Scotland,” hews so faithfully to genre storytelling in his new feature that it often feels like a missed opportunity. The script by Jeremy Brock, based on “The Eagle of the Ninth,” a 1954 young-adult novel by Rosemary Sutcliff, plays it straight down the middle, neither pushing its contemporary vantage point nor embracing the chance for B-movie glory.

The few bashful winks belong to Donald Sutherland’s brief scenes and the closing moment. Otherwise, the historical saga rolls out an earnest, by-the-numbers narrative about honor and, of course, fathers and sons — women are relegated to the background — but with a strong sense of place that’s unusual for such swashbucklers…

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Sheri Linden

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6 Responses to REVIEW: ‘The Eagle’ is faithful, but not fresh

  1. noname says:

    I don't care what the movie was like, I think Channing Tatum is HOT.

  2. kuncle says:

    Did'nt much care for it. It was a yawn… Not bad if your into documentaries.

  3. Chris says:

    I like it. Probably because I was in the army. I know the pride he feels for his country. If you didn't like, it's probably because words like "honor", "courage", and "loyalty" have no meaning to you. Your all probably angry at the movie because there was no real blood, or sex scenes. So get over it!

  4. Tmiller says:

    I saw it. It had all the walking of "Fellowship of the Ring," with only 10 percent of the dialogue. Then it ended with a "Lethal Weapon" buddy cop moment. It was a waste of everyone's time.

  5. Scott Wright says:

    I agree with Chris, and as the other two comments prove, the jealousy of the small man for the honorable man knows no bounds…the slave revolt continues, full of resentment and venom for that which makes them feel small. The honorable man is a glaring light that forces the profane and cynical to see themselves as they are…and they become malignant and vengeful because of it.

  6. Scott Wright says:

    I agree with Chris, and as the other two comments prove, the jealousy of the small man for the honorable man knows no bounds…the slave revolt continues, full of resentment and venom for that which makes them feel small. The honorable man is a glaring light that forces the profane and cynical to see themselves as they are…and they become malignant and vengeful because of it. Businessmen,Politicians and Lawyers are almost always the antithesis of the honorable man.They feed off the blood and sweat of heroes…and cast them aside and forget about them when they've got what they wanted from them. This in no wonder, for they reflect upon their bad conscience and cowardly spirit. They would rather do away with them….then be forced to honor them.

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