|Release date:||Friday March 4 2011|
Cast and crew
Average User Rating
3.3 / 5
- 5 star:0
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
This is a really cool film - gritty with tough as nails action sequences and strong performances all round. Purefoy keeps it lean and mean as the templar who rallies a disparate band of soldiers and psychos against a marauding Danish army while Giamatti hams it up well as the scheming King John. The pacing is good and the final third of the film ramps up the action and tension with real gusto. Quite how the Time Out reviewer only gave this 2 stars is beyond me! I watched this in hi-def and didn't notice any problem with the CGI and as for "pedestrian pacing" - WTF? Maybe films like Crank are more suitable to the Time Out reviewer.
I thought this film was excellent. I was watching it on the small screen so didn't even notice the bad CGI. As to the 'ugly digital photography', I think it was intentional. The film is not supposed to show rosy looking vistas. Medieval England was ugly as balls! Anyway, the film has great action with people getting bits chopped off every five minutes. Purefoy was good in the central role and there was also a good supporting turn from Brian Cox (the busiest man in Hollywood). If you liked Kingdom of Heaven, Braveheart or Rob Roy you should like this too.
I thought it a decent effort. Sure there are a fair load of crappy bits (esp. the cgi in the collapsing castle wall scene) but all in all id happily watch this again so deserves a 3*