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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
James Purefoy
Paul Giamatti
Brian Cox
Kate Mara
Directors
Jonathan English
Screenwriters
Erick Kastel
Jonathan English
Running Time
120 minutes

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Plot
1215. Having been forced to sign Magna Carta, King John (Giamatti) imports Danish mercenaries to punish the barons who humiliated him. William de Albany (Cox) recruits Templar Thomas Marshall (Purefoy) and a band of rebels to defend the strategically important Rochester Castle against the King.


Verdict
Like all sieges, this offers moments of choppy terror and excitement followed by dull sit-it-out-and-starve spots. Straddled between uproarious schoolboy tosh and serious historical movie, this still offers enough dismemberments, royal tantrums and portcullis-rammings to make for a lively Saturday night out.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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