The Last Legion

Movies, Action and adventure
2 out of 5 stars
The Last Legion
Crudely mangling Arthurian legend into Roman history, this creaky swords ’n’ sandals romper trundles forward like a hurriedly upholstered TV movie. No surprise, then, to find director Doug Lefler cut his teeth on ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’. He plays this hokum straight as an arrow as a scrawny, boy-emperor (Thomas ‘Love Actually’ Sangster) tries to find a mythical sword, avenge his parents’ murder and save Rome from marauders led by Peter Mullan. Protecting him are Colin Firth as the gruff commander, Ben Kingsley as the sagely magician and Bollywood siren Aishwarya Rai as a swashbuckling Red Sonja. Bankrolled by the De Laurentiis clan, production values are half-decent, but bar the odd flashes of finger-hacking violence, this is an oafish regression from the epic quest fantasies of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and the blood-rinsed digital canvas of ‘300’.

By: Jonathan Crocker

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Cast and crew

Director: Doug Lefler
Screenwriter: Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth
Cast: Colin Firth
Ben Kingsley
Aishwarya Rai
John Hannah
Peter Mullan
Kevin McKidd
Iain Glen
Thomas Sangster
Rupert Friend
Nonso Anozie
Owen Teale
Alexander Siddig
James Cosmo