5 BLOODY, BRUTAL AND BRILLIANT!SECTION8 | 20/08/2010 | See all SECTION8's reviews (1336)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Director Neil Marshall seems to do no wrong!His debut Dog Soldiers was a brilliant low budget horror comedy, The Decent is one of the best savage horrors of the last decade and althogh Doomsday disappointed many ( due to studio interference of the final cut ) I enjoyed it.Now Mashall turns his eye at the Roman epic and makes one of the most savage and action packed movies of the year. Based on the myth of the Roman 9th Legion going missing in the wilds of Northern England.This movie is everything the bloated self important Ridley Scott's Robin Hood should have been and failed to be, and all shot on a quarter of Ridley Scott's mega budget. The cast is great,Michael Fassbender is brilliant as the Centurion as he desperatly tries to lead the surviving members of his platoon to safty, whilst all the time being hunted by savage Picts who will stop at nothing to defend their land from the invading Romans. Olga Kurylenko last seen as the Bond beauty in Quantum of Solace is very good as the savage Pict hunter tracker, as she slaughters any Roman who gets in her path. The rest of the cast are great with plenty of well known faces and at times your attention is drawn from the movie because of woundering what you had seen them in before.Neil Marshall directs the movie at break neck pace and there is hardly a dull moment, but it's the savage battles that really impress as limbs fly and blood splatters the screen in spectacualr fashion.NUTS magazine said on the sleeve that Centurion is Britains answer to Gladiator, but Centurion is a different kind of film due to it's much smaller budget and running time. Centurion has more in common with Apocalypto than Ridley Scott's Roman epic.This is a lean mean action movie and hopefully will spawn sequels as the ending hints.See if you liked.....Gladiator.Apocolypto.Vallah Rising.Pathfinder.First Blood.