- Cast: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, David Morrissey, Noel Clarke, Riz Ahmed, JJ Field, Liam Cunningham, Imogen Poots, Axelle Carolyn, Dave Legeno, Ulrich Thomsen, James Currie, Dhaffer L'Abidine, Hamish Moir, Rachael Stirling
- Director: Neil Marshall
- Writer: Neil Marshall
- Producers: Christian Colson, Robert Jones
- Associate Producers: Ivana Mackinnon, Diarmuid McKeown
- Art Direction: Jason Knox-Johnston
- Casting: Debbie McWilliams
- Costume Design: Keith Madden
- D.O.P.: Sam McCurdy
- Editor: Chris Gill
- Makeup: Tahira Herold
- Music: Ilan Eshkeri
- Production Design: Simon Bowles
- Set Decoration: Zoe Smith
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 tribes known as the Picts.
Quintus, sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' 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, evading remorseless Pict pursuers over harsh terrain, as the band of soldiers race to rescue their General, and to reach the safety of the Roman frontier.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Filming Locations: Kincraig, Scotland; London, UK; Surrey, UK
- Production Companies: Celador Films
- Production Schedule: 22 February 2009 - May 2009
2010 Guide Analysis: "Now here's a project you may not have heard of that's worth getting interested in. British helmer Neil Marshall created a modern horror masterpiece with 2005's "The Descent" while his schlocky werewolf tale "Dog Soldiers" and Scottish Mad Max-esque "Doomsday" both had some great fun moments amongst otherwise disappointing features. Now he returns with this promising sounding film version of the popular myth of the Ninth Legion's disappearance (the reality of the Legion's dissolution is undetermined but likely far more mundane).
Marshall's films aren't there for subtext, they're all about pure entertainment with a keen visual sense and visceral punch, which should give us something rarely seen in recent takes on Ancient Rome - namely some realistic looking blood-spraying action. Unlike many others of the type though, he's a director who makes films specifically for genre fans and so refreshingly likes to turn expectations on their head.
He's also got a great cast here with Fassbender ("Inglourious Basterds"), Dominic West ("300," "The Wire") and the most recent Bond girl Olga Kurylenko looking striking in her Pict make-up. Fassbender calls the project a 'chase film' which serves as a metaphor for the next few centuries as the dying Roman empire fell to the barbarians - just don't expect a lot of depth, this one's all about intensity."