Keith Hampshere
Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 22, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Last Legion

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
101 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/17/07
performer
Colin Firth, Aishwarya Rai, Kevin McKidd, Ben Kingsley, Peter Mullan
director
Doug Lefler
distributor
MGM, The Weinstein Company
author
Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth
genre
War, ActionAdventure, Historical

We gave it an C

As a military commander protecting a 12-year-old descendant of Julius Caesar as the Roman Empire crumbles (long story short, the kid’s sword becomes Excalibur), Colin Firth is noble, mostly. Heading up The Last Legion, an almost touchingly jumbled Dino De Laurentiian historical Euro epic — retro orange color scheme and all — Firth graciously battles Goths out of a Capital One ad, flirts with a Byzantine fighter chick (Aishwarya Rai), and puts up with Ben Kingsley in Yoda mode. Every once in a while, though, Firth’s eyebrow hints, Can you believe I’m wearing this dorky leather breastplate?

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