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Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Peter Mullan, Kevin Mckidd ... see more see more... , John Hannah , Thomas Sangster , Iain Glen , James Cosmo , Harry Van Gorkum , John Nahhan , Alexander Siddig

Co-adapted by Tom Butterworth and Jez Butterworth from Valerio Massimo Manfredi's best-selling historical adventure novel, Doug Lefler's period epic The Last Legion unfurls in 470 A.D., just prior to ... read more read more...the fall of the colossal Roman Empire. As the most recent in a long line of caesars, a young Roman child, Romulus (Thomas Sangster), is poised to inherit the throne -- until Germanic forces invade, lay siege to the city, and brutally murder his parents. At the last second, with his life hanging by a thread, Romulus receives the protection of military commander Aurelius (Colin Firth), who assembles a cadre of rebels, including Romulus, the boy's magician instructor, Ambrosinus (Sir Ben Kingsley), and the Indian female warrior Mira (Aishwarya Rai). After Romulus discovers an enchanted sword once claimed by Julius Caesar, the troupe heads out to the province of Britannia and Hadrian's Wall. There, the men will regroup with the Ninth Legion and plan one final triumphant stand against the barbarian invaders of Rome. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007

Stats: 5,260 reviews

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  • January 19, 2010
    Hmmm a cross breed here with a mix of historical fact ,or what we know, blended with your typical over the top action sillyness much like 'Prince of Thieves'. There are some nice touches here from the cityscape's and landscapes rendered in cgi to the attempt at telling the real t... read moreale behind King Arthur, Merlin, Excalibur and the events around that time involving Romans, Celts and barbarians. On one hand it does a nice job, the cast helps, in places yet doesn't in others haha Firth is reduced to a cliched action hero with invincibility on his side much like the 'hero team' *yawn* and his team are the usual predictable lot with the token sexy female warrior hehe the same for the baddies too really, your average growling bearded hulks.

    The plot is twisty and has many people dotting in n out which doesn't help with the constant mindless fighting going on between everybody and anybody, and the fighting is your usual one man army killing groups of baddies single handed type affair *groan*
    To be honest it's all rather silly apart from one or too reasonable performances, Sangster and Kingsley mainly, with the realistic historic backdrop attempt that reminds me allot of the old BBC series 'Robin Hood' with Michael Praed.

    Could of been great if it had been serious.
  • January 11, 2010
    An interesting premiss, but too many inconsistencies and a mixing of some nice sets intertwinned with some horrible cgi.

    What starts out passably reasonable turns silly once the "seige" on Capri begins - the baddie Goths running around a south mediterrenean island wearing furs... read more and viking helmets - hilarious!!!

    Some of the fight scenes are nicely done, but as there are so many of them it just seems redundant (even Colin Firth kind of shrugs as yet another group of extras comes after him).

    There's a few nice touches once the group gets to Brittania (Ben Kingsley gathering the young folk around to tell the tale of the forging of the sword) - but even the climatic battle scene gets silly with young Romulus running around like he has a force field around him.

    There is the potential for a truly good baddie in the man in the gold mask, but then his demise in a battle with Kingsley is way too abrupt and short on drama (not to mention that when Kingsley calls out from the top of the ridge that he has vanquished the tyrant, everyone in the pitch of battle seems to hear him clearly - uh, don't think so!

    The final surprise twist is done fairly well, but I can't help thinking of the film Excaliber which dealt with the Arthurian legend about a gazillion times better.
  • March 29, 2009
    The Last Legion just didn't click with me. It lacked the crucial sense of "epic-ness" that movies of this ilk need. The cast was unexciting, the story flew by without making an impression, it was just not fun to watch.

    The whole King Arthur connection seemed to be just tacked on... read more in order to bring in more viewers. There was just enough history in the story to let the viewer know how horribly inaccurate it all was. Couldn't they at least have gotten a decent number of extras for the boring battle scenes?
  • August 30, 2008
    I think the main reason I watched this was Colin Firth well I think I made a mistake so did he, And Aishwarya Rai is annoying like always & her character in this movie is annoying too, One star for the sake of its final sequence well I mean the way I interpreted it for myself
  • May 25, 2008
    Awesome epic battle in the untold beginning of the King Arthur legend about a 12-year-old boy, who is the last emperor, is protected by a general, wizard and warrior. Ben Kingsley makes a wonderful performance as the wizard and Indian beautiful actress Aishwarya Rai is incredible... read more as the sexy warrior in her fight sequences at the first time I ever watched.
  • April 27, 2008
    One of The Best Sword And Stone Movies Out there. Everything was Excellent. I can Smell a Sequal, Sword in the STone or King Arthur. A great addition tyo any collection.
  • December 20, 2007
    It was kinda of a good movie. "The Last legion" is a fantasy action-adventure in the vein of "The Sword and the Stone" set against the fall of Rome and its last emperor, 12 year-old Romulus Augustus, the boy who would rule for a day before losing all that he loved: his family, hi... read mores home, and an empire that once stood for truth and honor. Imprisoned on the island-fortress of Capri, Romulus searches for a means of escape. He discovers instead "excaliburnus," the legendary sword of Julius Caesar, and realizes that he must do all in his power to save Rome. Aided by the clever strategies of his teacher, Ambrosinus, and the heroic skills of his loyal legionnaire, Aurelius, Romulus escapes the island. Accompanied by his friends and a mysterious envoy from Constantinople, Romulus travels to Britannia in search of the last Roman Legion ? the fabled Dragon Legion. There, Romulus will fight alongside his friends to make his last stand for Rome and take his first steps to becoming a man and he king who would father a legend.
  • October 10, 2007
    Pretentious and flawed, but decent enough to be worth the watch.
  • September 6, 2007
    a senses satisfying bit of fantasy/history, eh, w/ben kingsley having some little fun as a teacher to the future king, colin firth as errol flynn and that king's in-over-his-head protector, and aishwarya rai as the saucy bit w/a knife, a sword, and a assortment of other implement... read mores of death to protect widdle self her while she's puttin the lights out of a score of bad guys. didn't they used to make 'em like this in hollywood? not anymore it seems and maybe not as good. bigtime popcorn muncher!
  • August 27, 2007
    Overall, it's a good premise and provides a decently interesting version of the creation of Excalibur, but if you're expecting Arthur and his Knights to right around the corner any minute, you'll be disappointed. For the most part, the movie pretty well sailed on its own, but ex... read morepect politics to overrule the action, hence why there's so many bad reviews of it. Shame, really.

Critic Reviews

Mark Bourne
December 17, 2007
Mark Bourne,

There are, after all, aimed at young audiences plenty of movies more mean-spirited, indiscriminate and obnoxious than The Last Legion. But at the same time there are plenty that are, alas, less frustr... Full Review

Jonathan Crocker
October 19, 2007
Jonathan Crocker, Time Out

Crudely mangling Arthurian legend into Roman history, this creaky swords 'n' sandals romper trundles forward like a hurriedly upholstered TV movie. Full Review

Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 22, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

Every once in a while, though, Firth's eyebrow hints, Can you believe I'm wearing this dorky leather breastplate? Full Review

Jack Mathews
August 20, 2007
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

I have too much respect for Kingsley and Firth to believe they did this for anything other than the money, and to their credit, they give their best efforts. Full Review

John Anderson
August 20, 2007
John Anderson, Newsday

Despite the occasional gleam of wit, very little is to be taken seriously -- not the story, not the acting and certainly not the history. Full Review

Wesley Morris
August 20, 2007
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

The movie rarely feels fresh. Even an absurd cage-match like 300 cared enough to be both rousing and handsome. There's no fun to be had here. Full Review

Nathan Rabin
August 20, 2007
Nathan Rabin, AV Club

Though it's never wise to underestimate the power or universal appeal of Rai's cleavage and lustrous hair, that's about all that sets the doggedly mediocre The Last Legion apart from every other sword... Full Review

Neil Genzlinger
August 20, 2007
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

This sword-and-sandal spectacle from those epic-loving De Laurentiises might have made a good children’s film.

Lisa Rose
August 20, 2007
Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger

Even though the film clocks under two hours, it seems longer than a Lord of the Rings marathon played on slow motion. Full Review

James Berardinelli
August 18, 2007
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Firth is horribly miscast. I'll buy him as a romantic lead or the main character in a drama, but he's almost laughable as an action hero. Full Review

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