Rome, 476 AD. The Roman Empire is being threatened. A mighty force for almost
500 years, (at its height, Rome’s power spread from Mesopotamia in the east to
the Iberian peninsula in the west, from the Rhine and Danube in the north to
Egypt in the south), this story follows the gripping capture of young Romulus
Augustus (THOMAS SANGSTER).
On the eve of twelve-year-old Romulus Augustus’ crowning ceremony to become the
new emperor, Barbarian general Odoacer (PETER MULLAN) arrives in Rome to make a
deal with Orestes (IAIN GLEN). Odoacer makes demands of the Roman Empire in
fair exchange for his decade-long support of the Roman legions in the east. But
On Coronation day, as all of Rome gathers to watch the proceedings, Ambrosinus
(SIR BEN KINGSLEY), the shaman who is a mentor and tutor to Romulus, predicts
danger. Orestes is worried about his son’s safety and appoints Aurelius (COLIN
FIRTH) of the fourth legion to be his personal guard. That night, Aurelius and
his legionnaires confront danger—Odoacer and his army have returned to Rome.
With a deafening roar, the Barbarian army storms the city. A battle ensues, the
brutal invaders show no mercy and blood flows through the streets. With Orestes
slaughtered, Romulus is captured along with Ambrosinus and taken to the island
fortress of Capri. There, Romulus finds the mythical sword of Caesar that holds
the prophecy, “One edge to defend, one to defeat; …to fit the hand of he...who
is destined to rule.”
But, not all the Roman legionnaires are dead. Aurelius is alive and when he
learns that the Byzantine Empire will give Romulus sanctuary, he embarks on a
journey to the coast accompanied by a small group of his men and a mysterious,
black-clad Byzantine warrior. Later, Aurelius discovers what lies behind the
black clothing—a beautiful, young woman named Mira (AISHWARYA RAI).
Thanks to the strategic cunning of Ambrosinus and the fighting skill of
Aurelius and Mira, Romulus is freed. But, when the group arrives on shore, they
learn that the Byzantines have joined forces with Odoacer’s army of Goths.
Faced with such betrayal, they must find the one legion still loyal to Rome—the
ninth legion in Britannia.
As they set off in search of the last legion, Romulus and Aurelius together
embark on a new beginning.
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The Last Legion
Awful. If memory serves the date
suggested by the movie was 460AD -
approximately one year before Romulus
was actually born and sixteen before
the generally-agreed date of Rome's fall
to Odoacer. I could go on...if
filmmakers insist on using well-known
historical events and figures because
they can't be bothered to invent their
own, is it too much to ask for them to
do their research (even Wikipedia gets
this right). If they want to make a
fictional movie, then do it (and develop
some original characters). There are so
many wonderful (and unconventionally
compelling) tellings of the Arthurian
legends the choice of this one is
frankly baffling. Two words: Susan
Cooper. Somebody please.
I Loved the movie!! I can't believe the
critics review. This movie did not get
enough publicity like all the other
movies that are out right now. I don't
think I saw any previews on this movie.
It probably would have made more money
if it were advertised more. I absolutely
enjoyed this movie!!
odoacre is son in real history to edico
the hun not goths .the goths sacked rome
in 408 A.d. . it was later sacked by the
vandals in 455a.d.the idea is good but
not historicly accurate
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