Found this in our local Netto yesterday morning.

At 25 Kroner. That’s what I’m calling a bargain.

25 Kroner is what you would call £2.78 or $4.26.

As the Danish ‘You See’ TV provider’s website so aptly puts it:

Quintus er romersk centurion. Sammen med sine mænd er han fanget i fjendeland, omringet af det mystiske stammefolk picterne. Picterne har modstået den effektive romerske krigsmaskine, som har underlagt sig det ene land efter det andet. Picterne er nådesløse, og her på deres hjemmebane er de en modbydelig og overvældende modstander. Quintus og hans deling må kæmpe sig frem velvidende, at hvert øjeblik kan blive deres sidste.

Though I think they’ve actually taken that directly from the back of the DVD cover.

This is how it is on Amazon:

AD 117. The Roman Empire stretches from Egypt to Spain, and East as far as the Black Sea. But in northern Britain, the relentless onslaught of conquest has ground to a halt in face of the guerrilla tactics of an elusive enemy: the savage and terrifying Picts. Quintus Dias (Fassbender), sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus’ (West) legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the earth and destroy their leader Gorlacon. But when the legion is ambushed on unfamiliar ground, and Virilus taken captive, Quintus faces a desperate struggle to keep his small platoon alive behind enemy lines. Enduring the harsh terrain and evading their remorseless Pict pursuers led by revenge-hungry Pict Warrior Etain (Kurylenko), the band of soldiers race to rescue their General and to reach the safety of the Roman frontier.

Actually, I saw this one only recently, well, before Christmas anyway. The story involves a Roman Legion’s mission into Pictish territory and the pretty disastrous consequences. I loaned it from the local library, but the copy didn’t seem to be in perfect nick, so getting a ‘proper’ copy for a steal, is indeed a result.

As it involves the Ninth Legion, I’m thinking it’s following in the same vein as Rosemary Sutcliffe’s ‘Eagle of the Ninth’ book(s), though it credits a screenwriter, it doesn’t mention her. I think I read one of the Eagle of the Ninth books in my youth, but I can’t really remember that far back.

This one is a good, hard-hitting film, plenty of action, plenty of muck and plenty of blood, as the wife duly noted. There aren’t the big, stylised set-pieces as in ‘Gladiator‘, it’s much more down-to-earth, but no less ambitious and compelling and well worth seeing – should your local supermarket have it on offer next to the hair gel and oranges.

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