The Last Legion (2006, Period Action Movie) – 5/10 movie review

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Cast / crew
Director: Doug Lefler
Screenplay Writer: Jez Butterworth
Screenplay Writer: Tom Butterworth
Story Writer: Carlo Carlei
Story Writer: Peter Radar
Story Writer: Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Novel Writer: Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Producer: Raffaella De Laurentiis
Producer: Martha De Laurentiis
Producer: Tarak Ben Ammar
Presents: Dino De Laurentiis
Colin Firth: Aurelius
Ben Kingsley: Ambrosinus / SPOILERMerlin
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Mira
Peter Mullan: Odoacer
Kevin McKidd: Wulfila
John Hannah: Nestor
Iain Glen: Orestes
Thomas Sangster: Romulus

The Last Legion (2006)

As the Roman Empire finally succumbs to history, the last Caesar, Romulus Augustus, still a boy, flees to join his last legion in the north of Britannia.


I’m glad to say that this isn’t as awful as the trailers made it look and the final result passes the time and keeps the attention. However, it does feel like a television mini-series that has been edited down to feature film length as the plot feels barely coherent. Odd child actor Thomas Sangster wanders emotionlessly through another part while Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley, surprisingly, don’t embarrass themselves. Talented composer Patrick Doyle adds some quality through his fitting score.

This movie contains sword violence, mild gory and unpleasant scenes

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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