"Splat Pack" filmmaker Neil Marshall's entry in the ultra-violent historical-thriller genre, Centurion, is now available for viewing through several online retailers and will make its way onto DVD and Blu-Ray later this month.
A clip from Centurion is now online and offers a free look at the latest from the director of The Descent; Centurion is a film that looks markedly grittier in terms of style than films like 300 or the Starz TV show Spartacus: Blood & Sand.
Michael Fassbender (Magneto in X-Men: First Class) stars in Centurion as Quintas Dias, a Roman soldier and member of the legendary Ninth Legion. When the legion is defeated in battle and its general captured, Quintas must rally his fellow survivors in order to survive behind enemy lines.
That turns out to be no simple task as the Romans' enemies, the Picts, are a deadly lot and not to be trifled with. Matters become all the more complicated when the vengeful Pict warrior Etain (Olga Kurylenko) - who wears Braveheart-inspired blue paint on her face and a fur coat that would definitely upset the ancient world equivalent of PETA - sets out to track Quintas and his men.
Check out a chase scene between a shirtless Quintas and the armor-clad Picts on horseback (yeah, that's fair) below:
The cool cinematography on display in this clip and the Centurion trailer remind me very much of the look of Valhalla Rising, another lower-budgeted, bloody thriller set hundreds of years ago. Both films actually look all the more appealing because of the absence of polished digital backgrounds and effects.
That is no guarantee that Centurion is anything more than another brainless, bloody swords & sandals epic, but it is still refreshing to see more of an old-school visual style on display.
Centurion is available On Demand, Dish Network, Xbox Live, PlayStation, Amazon and Vudu. It will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray in the U.S. on August 16th.
Source: Magnet Releasing (via Coming Soon)