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  • Summary: 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, his home. and an empire that once stood for truth and honor. Imprisoned on the island-fortress of Capri, Romulus searches for a means to escape. He discovers instead "Exaliburnus", 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. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    While not exactly in the same league as the visually dazzling "Excalibur" and saddled with cheap looking CGI effects, this Anglo-Italian co-production has quite a bit of fun finding a direct path from the fall of Rome to the birth of Arthurian legend.
  2. 50
    When a movie wants to be sold as a spectacle, it had better deliver something more spectacular than this.
  3. 50
    The film is nothing to be ashamed of (especially if you're Kingsley). But it's as if everybody involved knows what the deal is.
  4. This might have made a good children’s film.
  5. Lackluster and decidedly old-fashioned (in the worst way).
  6. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    40
    Second-rate sword-and-sorcery saga.
  7. 11
    The Last Legion offers guilty-pleasure fun in a cheesy, very De Laurentiis way (much like 1976's Mandingo rip-off Drum), but, in the end, it's just not a very inspired or well-conceived film, despite Kingsley's strangely endearing turn as the proto-Merlin.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. JamesE.
    Aug 7, 2008
    10
    An enjoyable film with the fall of Rome. Great movie with an intriguing plot. Bob B should be raped by a retard with AIDS.
  2. JaredC.
    Aug 14, 2007
    10
    Amazing, this Colin Firth is starring in a movie King Arthur should have been.
  3. Jun 14, 2013
    8
    I can understand why some people may be disappointed watching this movie, especially if they were expecting a CGI laden gore-fest. If you do not expect this then you should not be too disappointed.

    I think the negative comments go too far. It never pretended to be anything other than an action/adventure movie from the beginning (so why compare it to hardcore historical stuff), it was funny, mixed up a few legends, and had a very simple but nevertheless entertaining story.

    This light hearted and enjoyable movie provides well-paced entertainment that would be suitable for a teenage audience (perhaps 10+) but can also be enjoyed by adults.

    There is no gore, sex, or swearing, and whilst the fine cast will not win any Oscars for their performance, they did a fine job in fulfilling their roles, given the movies objectives.

    This movie does what it says on the tin and does it well. A fine example of how a movie can be enjoyable without every scene being covered in blood (although I enjoy those movies too).
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  4. StanB.
    Aug 21, 2007
    7
    Decent movie, better than I anticipated.
  5. TonyM
    Mar 16, 2008
    6
    An Ok dramatised historical movie however it's filled with cheap CGI and a bad script. Read the book first, it's so much better than the movie. Expand
  6. May 12, 2012
    3
    Those who've read the book of Valerio Massimo Manfredi will probably agree that the movie had too many differences compared to the novel. The movie felt like if its balances were misplaced. Too many changes, too many lame dialogues, very bad combat scenes. And inexistent characters. Those were present also in the book, but the movie lost even the best element of the literary original: all the valuable information about the Roman era... Disappointing. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Aug 23, 2007
    0
    totally boring

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