Most couples find it hard to agree on a movie to see. This being the weekend before Valentine’s Day, those disagreements are at an all time high. Fortunately for couples out there, this weekend is the release of “The Eagle,” an action-packed, historical movie that combines testosterone-laden battle scenes with the female favorite Channing Tatum.
“The Eagle” picks up after the disappearance of 5,000 Roman soldiers, the entire Ninth Legion, in the hills of Scotland. Marcus Aquila, played by Tatum, the son of the legion’s commander, sets out from Rome to find answers and restore his father’s reputation. He sets out with only his slave Esca, played by Jamie Bell, who already may know the secret to the legion’s disappearance.
What makes “The Eagle” unique is the fact that it combines more than one genre. There is drama in the plot, as well as mystery, and the entire film is wrapped around action scenes that are put together masterfully by director Kevin Macdonald, creator of epics like “State of Play” and “The Last King of Scotland.”
Tatum, who is known more as a dancer these days than a leading actor, plays the part of a Roman soldier with poise, and doesn’t seem to have any problem taking the reigns. He is perfectly accented by Bell, who has only enjoyed small parts, and by the veteran Donald Sutherland, who plays Tatum’s Uncle Aquila.
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Run Time: 114 min.
Location: Cinemark. 5159 Hinkleville Road
Show times: 1:50 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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— Corianne Egan