Review: Centurion (2010)


Centurion is a British historical war-drama film directed and written by Neil Marshall. Loosely based on the disappearance of the Roman Empire’s ninth legion in ancient Scotland, the film stars Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurlyenko, Dominic West and Imogen Poots.
The film takes on the tough task of telling a complex story with complex characters in a short space of time. The character development is a little thin, which means the plot has to be driven forward by a cat and mouse chase which makes the movement seemed forced. The performances of all the leads in this historical drama do exactly what is asked of them, but are considerably let down by the lack of substance from the script. When you look back at films previously that deal with this source material of its characters, you only have to cast your mind back to Russel Crowe’s Maximus Decimus Meridius and Gerald Butler’s King Leonidas to see how a good script enraptures these character traits and development. Fassbender’s Quintus Dias lacks the screen time and development to make a lasting impression on me. Centurion is a good war drama that lends itself to the action sequences rather than its development of its characters. You’ll still find some entertainment in this feature if you’re a fan of the Roman Empire era.

My Name is Quintus Dias. I am a soldier of Rome, and this is neither the beginning, nor the end of my story.” – Quintus Dias