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THE LAST LEGION

 
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At Theaters: 8/17/2007 On Video: 12/18/2007
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 41 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 499953
Studio: MGM Pictures
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On the eve of twelve-year-old Romulus Augustus’ crowning ceremony to become the new emperor, Barbarian general Odoacer arrives in Rome to make a deal with Orestes. Odoacer makes demands of the Roman Empire in fair exchange for his decade-long support of the Roman legions in the east. But Orestes refuses.
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Action Adventure Drama - This is a swashbuckling period action adventure that is sort of a prequel to the King Arthur legend. There isn't a huge amount of effects but a lot of swordfights and battles.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Colin Firth NANNY MCPHEE, BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON
Ben Kingsley LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, BLOODRAYNE, OLIVER TWIST
Aishwarya Rai GURU, PROVOKED
Peter Mullan THE CLAIM
Doug Lefler DRAGONHEART 2
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About The Production
Casting The Film
The Costumes
The Fight Scenes
The Locations
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: None.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Fights and stabbings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Fights, battles.
COMEDY: Some physical humor.
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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 28 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
4
Fairly Low
75%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
2
Fairly Low
100%
30+Adults (M)
10
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (F)
10
About 50/50
80%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 28 moviegoers:Unfortunately, there wasn't much interest in this movie so we weren't able to collect very many reviews. What few reviews we collected aren't great (but my wife and I really enjoyed it). Most rated "The Last Legion" as an above average to average movie with quite a few females rating it below average. Only one person rated it poor so you will likely find it, at least, somewhat enjoyable. I would recommend a lower cost matinee now or for sure a rental later.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Rome, 476 AD. The Roman Empire is being threatened. A mighty force for almost 500 years, (at its height, Rome's power spread from Mesopotamia in the east to the Iberian peninsula in the west, from the Rhine and Danube in the north to Egypt in the south), this story follows the gripping capture of young Romulus Augustus (THOMAS SANGSTER). 

On the eve of twelve-year-old Romulus Augustus' crowning ceremony to become the new emperor, Barbarian general Odoacer (PETER MULLAN) arrives in Rome to make a deal with Orestes (IAIN GLEN). Odoacer makes demands of the Roman Empire in fair exchange for his decade-long support of the Roman legions in the east. But Orestes refuses.

On Coronation day, as all of Rome gathers to watch the proceedings, Ambrosinus (SIR BEN KINGSLEY), the shaman who is a mentor and tutor to Romulus, predicts danger. Orestes is worried about his son's safety and appoints Aurelius (COLIN FIRTH) of the fourth legion to be his personal guard. That night, Aurelius and his legionnaires confront danger—Odoacer and his army have returned to Rome. 

With a deafening roar, the Barbarian army storms the city. A battle ensues, the brutal invaders show no mercy and blood flows through the streets. With Orestes slaughtered, Romulus is captured along with Ambrosinus and taken to the island fortress of Capri. There, Romulus finds the mythical sword of Caesar that holds the prophecy, "One edge to defend, one to defeat; …to fit the hand of he...who is destined to rule.”

But, not all the Roman legionnaires are dead. Aurelius is alive and when he learns that the Byzantine Empire will give Romulus sanctuary, he embarks on a journey to the coast accompanied by a small group of his men and a mysterious, black-clad Byzantine warrior. Later, Aurelius discovers what lies behind the black clothing—a beautiful, young woman named Mira (AISHWARYA RAI).

Thanks to the strategic cunning of Ambrosinus and the fighting skill of Aurelius and Mira, Romulus is freed. But, when the group arrives on shore, they learn that the Byzantines have joined forces with Odoacer's army of Goths. Faced with such betrayal, they must find the one legion still loyal to Rome—the ninth legion in Britannia.

As they set off in search of the last legion, Romulus and Aurelius together embark on a new beginning.

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