Ironclad 2: Battle For Blood Review

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13th century Britain. With the siege of Rochester Castle now a blood-stained memory, a new threat has emerged: the Scots. Called on to defend their ancestral home, Gilbert De Vesci (Rintoul) and his son (Rhys Harries) set off to enlist the services of grizzled veteran Guy (Austen).

★★★★★

Don't worry if you missed the first Ironclad in 2011. This ‘sequel’ retains little except the original’s director, Jonathan English, and the medieval-castle-under-gory-siege format. This time the castle’s under attack from angry Scots, and defended by Tom Austen as a mercenary with a conscience. It’s often entertaining and heavy on the gore, but it eventually drowns in portentous tosh. There are just too many ridiculous developments (such as the blithe recruitment of a woman psycho-killer as another merc fighter), and juddery, confusingly edited action scenes.

An entertaining but unashamedly silly slice of medieval ham.