Screen Junkies » the eagle http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:25:17 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Weekend Box Office Report: Show Me The Bieber (No, Says America)! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-show-me-the-bieber-no-says-america/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/weekend-box-office-report-show-me-the-bieber-no-says-america/#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:46:40 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26674 This weekend was a chance for messianic pop star Justin Bieber to show he reigns supreme not just on Twitter, but where it counts: At the box office.

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This weekend was a chance for messianic pop star Justin Bieber to show he reigns supreme not just on Twitter, but where it counts: A the box office. But, alas, it looks like Bieber will need to get cast as Robin in order to get a number 1 slot, since his Never Say Never‘s $30.3 million wasn’t enough to overthrow Adam Sandler’s laziness in Just Go With It‘s $31 million. I predict both Adam Sandler and (after the Grammys) Esperanza Spalding to be found gnawed apart by hordes of teenage girls. It happened to Fatty Arbuckle, look it up.

Outside the top 2, we have this week’s “Can that possibly be a real title?” with Gnomeo and Juliet, which grossed $25.5 million for a number 3 spot. After that is something called The Eagle, which I gotta admit I’d never heard of. Apparently I wasn’t alone, since it only grossed $8.6 million. (via boxofficemojo.com)

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Review: The Eagle http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-eagle/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-eagle/#comments Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:36:40 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26293 Perhaps the nonsense would be okay if there were some impressive battles to speak of, but the action is terrible.

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Well, Kevin Macdonald fans are not going to like me. First I hated his YouTube mashup Life in a Day at Sundance. Now I’m not going to have very nice things to say about his ancient Roman battle movie the eagle. On the other hand, I LOVE Kevin McDonald from “The Kids in the Hall.”

In the year 120 AD, the 9thLegion of Rome invaded Britain. 5,000 men vanished in a humiliating operation. So they built Hadrian’s Wall to keep the Britons out. All this happens before the movie starts. It’s in the opening text.

The real story is that Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) is the son of the leader who botched the battle and los the eagle of Rome in British territory. He tries to redeem his family by leading the Romans to defend Hadrian’s Wall, but that doesn’t work. So he needs to seek redemption by venturing into Britain to reclaim the Eagle.

I think we can all buy this eagle statue as a symbol of national pride. War movies have rabble roused over less specific patriotic symbols. It’s a pretty weak and ridiculous plot that one guy is going to redeem a whole army by finding an object in some large unspecified territory.

Marcus’s guide through Britain is Esca (Jamie Bell), a slave Marcus saved from gladiatorial death. They bond and learn from each other, even when the tables turn and Esca has to pla the master to impress a tribe of mud-coated mohawked warriors.

Perhaps this nonsense would be okay if there were some impressive battles to speak of, but the action is terrible. It’s shot in such the handheld extreme that you really can’t even see anything. A few of the battle formations are Braveheart lite. Marcus leads a squadron with shields in the front, stabbing through the gaps at any enemy brave enough to climb aboard. It still looks like guys in the woods doing historical re-enactments.

It’s just so boring all along the way. The battle talk is lame. The Eagle is Rome and honor and blah blah blah. But Esca has seen the cruelty of Roman warriors. Both sides in war are bad, get it? There are stories of painted warriors of the Seal People who hack off their enemies’ feet so their souls can’t walk to the afterlife (souls sure do give up easy. I would roll to the afterlife.) It’s all so serious, it’s no fun and it’s not fascinating enough to be interesting.

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Channing Tatum Is Jamie Bell’s Slave In ‘The Eagle’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/channing-tatum-is-jamie-bells-slave-in-the-eagle-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/channing-tatum-is-jamie-bells-slave-in-the-eagle-trailer/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:44:33 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=7596 The Eagle trailer has landed (nailed it). Starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, and directed by Kevin Macdonald, it follows a soldier and his slave in 140 A.D. as they go on a quest to retrieve a treasured gold Eagle emblem that Tatum's father lost 20 years earlier.

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the Eagle trailer has landed (nailed it). Starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, and directed by Kevin Macdonald, it follows a soldier and his slave in 140 A.D. as they go on a quest to retrieve a treasured gold Eagle emblem that Tatum’s father lost 20 years earlier. Well he didn’t so much lose it as it vanished along with himself and his entir legion. That’s a major soldier faux pas–not returning. No wonder Tatum’s character wants to restore his father’s sullied reputation. He’s known as the dude whose dad los the Eagle. Major Trojan wedgies warranted.

The Eagle lands in theaters February 25, 2011. (Apple)

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