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The Eagle trailer online

TheEagle.jpgThe trailer for Kevin Macdonald's film about the story of the Ninth Legion of Rome's army who marched into Scotland and were never seen again. His version tells a very different one to the Neil Marshall film that was recently released, following the son of the commander of the Ninth Legion as some twenty years later he heads into Scotland with one Scottish slave to recover the Ninth's Eagle emblem, the treasure of any Roman Legion.

The trailer looks interesting, but I'm really not sure what to take from it right now. I was put off by the slight reveal about the slave character and then felt a little disappointed that the trailer really didn't give me a strong sense of the story.

That said, some of the images look fantastic and the cast is strong with Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland and Mark Strong, as well as the lead of Channing Tatum.

The script is written by Jeremy Brock, who also co-wrote Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) which tells the story of a young Roman officer who tries to discover the truth behind what happened to the famed Ninth Legion, a famed fighting force in the Roman Army who were stationed at the border with Northern Britain and just disappeared, never to be seen again, not a single one.

Here's the blurb:

In 140 AD, two men - master and slave - venture beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism.

The Roman epic adventure The Eagle stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell and is directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald.

20 years earlier, Rome's 5,000-strong Ninth Legion, under the command of Flavius Aquila, marched north carrying their treasured golden Eagle emblem. They never returned; Legion and Eagle simply vanished into the mists.

Hearing a rumor that the Eagle has been seen in a tribal temple in the far north, Flavius' son Marcus (Tatum), determined to restore the tarnished reputation of his father, is galvanized into action. Accompanied only by his slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out into the vast and dangerous highlands of Scotland - to confront its savage tribes, make peace with his father's memory, and retrieve the hallowed Eagle. Along the way Marcus realizes that the mystery of his father's disappearance may well be linked to the secret of his own slave's identity and loyalty - a secret all the more pressing when the two come face-to-face with the warriors of the fearsome Seal Prince (Tahar Rahim).

What is surprising about the blurb and the trailer is that the blurb sets up a mystery that the trailer then reveals. Perhaps it's not so big in the film itself, but in the blurb it's pitched to be rather important.

You can see the high definition trailer for The Eagle over at Apple Trailers. The film comes from the excellent Kevin Macdonald who previously gave us The Last King of Scotland (Filmstalker review). I love the running theme there, can you see it? It's a tough one.



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