Chris Nashawaty
September 01, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Centurion

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/27/10
performer
Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, David Morrissey, Dominic West
director
Neil Marshall
distributor
Magnet
author
Neil Marshall
genre
ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it a B+

Director Neil Marshall has made some good films (The Descent, Dog Soldiers), but he won’t make anyone forget Gladiator with the sword-and-sandal gorefest Centurion. Inglourious Basterds‘ Michael Fassbender plays a scrappy Roman soldier leading the remnants of the slaughtered Ninth Legion against the savage, face-painted Picts tribe led by badass Bond babe Olga Kurylenko. The plot’s pretty thin — even for a gladiator movie. Fortunately, when it comes to crunchy impalings and messy arterial geysers, Marshall’s a maestro. B

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