Directed by: Jonathan English
Time: 121 minutes
Release Date: July 26, 2011
It is the year 1215 and England is on the brink of a bloody Civil War. The Magna Carta, a landmark contract between the King and his subjects, upholds the rights of the people of England and promises to bestow peace on the kingdom. Yet, barely four months since putting his seal to the charter, the sly and deceitful King John amasses a powerful mercenary army and plans to destroy all those who signed the legendary charter, in order to once again seize absolute control of the country.
Hearing news of the King's intentions, a Templar Knight hastily assembles a band of noble barons prepared to hole up inside the virtually impenetrable walls of Rochester Castle in order to protect the people's rights. There they must rely on their superior swordsmanship and sheer determination to defend their freedom, defeat the forces of an oppressive King, and bring justice to the people of England.
As most of you know, I adore the era of the evil King John and the heroic Robin Hood. Heck, my first book was set during this time! It should, therefore, be no surprise that I wanted to see this movie. It has everything a history fan like myself would enjoy: a bad guy, a hero, battle scenes, and a little romance on the side ;) Thankfully, this movie did not disappoint. The historical accuracy of things like costumes, weaponry, music, etc... was spot on. The characters were likeable and sympathetic, the plot was interesting, and the overall quality of the film was amazing. Once again, it is a "low budget" movie, meaning it wasn't a Hollywood film. I used to equate that with cheesy, fake movies, but it turns out that some of my favourite historical movies are "low budget." Again, that also means that they get away with a bit more violence, but it is accurately done. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, and I think you will too!! =)