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      The Last Legion

      2007, Action/History, 1h 42m

      55 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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      With miscast leads and unoriginal, uninspired dialogue, The Last Legion pales in comparison to the recent cinematic epics it invokes. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      After the fall of Rome, its last emperor (Thomas Sangster), 12-year-old Romulus Augustus, becomes a prisoner on the island of Capri. With the help of his wise teacher Ambrosinus (Ben Kingsley) and his legionnaire Aurelius (Colin Firth), he escapes from Capri. He and his men journey to Britannia to find the fabled Dragon Legion, and the beginning of the Arthurian legend is born.

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      • Sep 03, 2011

        the first half is nothing compared to the last. its like they decided to go after a braveheart battle to finish it off. it was working so much better as a rescue and get away story

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      • Jun 25, 2011

        I'm convinced the director didn't know what this movie was supposed to be, I sure didn't. There's a big identity crisis the film undergoes, not sure if it wants to be a light hearted fantasy film, a sword and sandals epic, or a revenge film. Colin Firth, though strong, felt like he was in a different movie. Kingsley largely phoned in his efforts, though the writing sure didn't do him any favors.

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      • Sep 01, 2010

        I didn't get past the 10 minute mark. I was immediately uninterested.

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      • Jan 11, 2010

        An interesting premiss, but too many inconsistencies and a mixing of some nice sets intertwinned with some horrible cgi. What starts out passably reasonable turns silly once the "seige" on Capri begins - the baddie Goths running around a south mediterrenean island wearing furs and viking helmets - hilarious!!! Some of the fight scenes are nicely done, but as there are so many of them it just seems redundant (even Colin Firth kind of shrugs as yet another group of extras comes after him). There's a few nice touches once the group gets to Brittania (Ben Kingsley gathering the young folk around to tell the tale of the forging of the sword) - but even the climatic battle scene gets silly with young Romulus running around like he has a force field around him. There is the potential for a truly good baddie in the man in the gold mask, but then his demise in a battle with Kingsley is way too abrupt and short on drama (not to mention that when Kingsley calls out from the top of the ridge that he has vanquished the tyrant, everyone in the pitch of battle seems to hear him clearly - uh, don't think so! The final surprise twist is done fairly well, but I can't help thinking of the film Excaliber which dealt with the Arthurian legend about a gazillion times better.

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