‘The Eagle’ Trailer: (Arthouse) Swords & Sandals Action

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:45 am,

The Eagle trailer The Eagle Trailer: (Arthouse) Swords & Sandals Action

Kevin MacDonald – the man behind the experimental Youtube movie Life In A Day – will see his entry in the Roman swords and sandals epic genre, The Eagle, released in theaters in just a few months.

A trailer for The Eagle is now online and it looks to be a PG-13 version of “Splat Pack” member Neil Marshall’s bloody action film Centurion – one that is more character-driven and features fewer scenes of warriors being decapitated and/or impaled.

The Eagle takes place in the year 140 A.D. and revolves around Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum), whose father, Flavius, led Rome’s Ninth Legion to its doom some 20 years before. Marcus enlists the aid of his slave, Esca (Jamie Bell) and sets out on a dangerous mission across the highlands of Scotland in order to track down a golden Eagle emblem that symbolizes the majesty of the Roman Empire. But Marcus soon learns that Esca’s true identity and heritage is inextricably linked to the mystery surrounding his father’s disappearance and that he must work in collaboration with his (former) slave in order to retrieve the titular object and restore his family’s honor.

While Centurion offered lots of gory violence and battle sequences, The Eagle looks to be more of an artsy pic that’s bigger on atmosphere and the personal conflict between Marcus and Esca. This first trailer for the film is fairly heavy on the exposition, but has its share of action-packed sequences that involve Roman guards decked out in armor and steel.

Check out The Eagle trailer below:

Tatum has yet to prove himself capable of being an engaging leading man and The Eagle could suffer from his lack of screen presence. MacDonald is a solid filmmaker and was responsible for the political/social thrillers State of Play and The Last King of Scotland, but he’s on new territory with his latest directorial effort. The production values on The Eagle look up to par and the battle sequences seem to be relatively well constructed – that’s sufficient reason to be hopeful about this pic for now.

Have a look at the official poster for The Eagle below:

The Eagle movie poster The Eagle Trailer: (Arthouse) Swords & Sandals Action

The Eagle arrives in theaters in the U.S. on February 25th, 2011.

Source: Apple Trailers

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  1. OK Guilty as charged….I am a sucker for this genre of film ever since “Spartacus” blew me away as a kid….and yes I admit I payed the 11 bucks to watch “Centurian” on Demand. Not a big Tatum fan but we will be there in Feb. to be sure!

  2. I saw this film 8 months ago at a screening, it’s not bad at all.

    • Sam, even though Channing Tatum is in it?

      • Yup. He’s not bad in it, well he’s awful at the beginning but he gets way better at the end. If you like films like this, then it’s worth a watch.

        • I’ll keep that in mind, he damn near ruined G.I. Joe for me. Yes i liked that movie LOL.

          • I tried to accept Tatum as Duke after his performance in Guide to Recognizing your Saints but he sucked it up in GI Joe and GI Joe wasn’t half bad, afterall, it’s GI Joe.

            This looks good and I hope his acting improves because I want to like him as an actor just like I want to like Sam Worthington

          • I thought GI Joe was awesome,honestly.The movie wasnt as bad as people made it out to be

  3. I hope that it’s better than it looks. It kinda seems to have some lines adapted from Gladiator.

  4. I’d like to see it.

  5. I’m in! Like Taroscat, I’m a sucker for Ancient Rome, too. Just do it well and I’m happy.

  6. As an adult I’m completely ashamed of my childish and immature hate towards Tatum. I can’t help it and watching this trailer I’m still not sold.

  7. Tatum always have that smirk on his face in every film he’s in, veen in a serious ones! Not a fan of him at all!

  8. He just have this facial expression that he’s about to “bust out laugh”! Trust me hell just going to be a mediocre actor not unless he fixes it.Clooney fixed his!

  9. were those native american indians they were fighting?

    • Looked like Picts.

  10. Why does Channing Tatum continue to get roles in movies that otherwise I would absolutely pay to see?

    Count me in as one who paid to see Centurion.

  11. Ummmm …. wow.

    If this turns out half as cool as it looks, I’ll overlook the obvious rip offs from Gladiator (centurion holding little figurine, praying to his ancestors.)