A Roman epic adventure with a cute teenage dance movie hero thrown in. Now couple that with brilliant cinematography and there you have it. A formula that works. “The Eagle” uses the story of the Legion of the Ninth as the premise. Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) is the son of the tainted leader who led the Ninth Legion into North Briton in 140 AD, never to return. With the Legion also vanished the Golden emblem – The Eagle, considered the pride of Rome. Marcus, after becoming a soldier and proving his worth as a commander; sets out to redeem his family name. He embarks on a dangerous and adventures path with just his body slave for company.
“The Eagle” is no “Troy” or “300”. It’s a probably a teenage version of it. But it works none the less. Canning is no “Brad Pitt” but he is charming and manages to hold his ground. His chemistry with the British slave Esca (Jamie Bell) is what keeps the film afloat.
Despite an epic storyline, it falters mid way and becomes predictable, but the breath taking cinematography keeps you engaged. It is a story told well, but the story itself is not appealing enough. The lack of a female lead is also felt throughout. But there is still enough there to make it worth a watch.