After the fall of Rome, its last emperor (Thomas Sangster), a 12-year-old boy, journeys to Britannia with his closest retainers (Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley) to find a fabled legion.
" Put yourself in the proper boy's-adventure mindset and The Last Legion's corny moments will just add to the charm. "
" All are given swords to swing and mouthfuls of fake archaic dialogue to speak and none of it makes a whisper of sense. "
" Crudely mangling Arthurian legend into Roman history, this creaky swords 'n' sandals romper trundles forward like a hurriedly upholstered TV movie. "
" Despite the occasional gleam of wit, very little is to be taken seriously -- not the story, not the acting and certainly not the history. "
" Even though the film clocks under two hours, it seems longer than a Lord of the Rings marathon played on slow motion. "
" Every once in a while, though, Firth's eyebrow hints, Can you believe I'm wearing this dorky leather breastplate? "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" In The Last Legion, Rome doesn't fall. But it does look like it would rather be lying down and taking a nap. "
" The chief problem with The Last Legion stems from the filmmakers' apparent inability to decide what kind of pic they wanted to make, and what sort of audience they wanted to target. "
" 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. "
" 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 frustrating. "
" This sword-and-sandal spectacle from those epic-loving De Laurentiises might have made a good children’s film. "
" Ultimately, The Last Legion isn't horrible, certainly not bad enough to keep it away from critics, which its distributors have unfortunately done. "
" We can only hope that the title of this misbegotten swords-and-sandals adventure is prophetic. "
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