Ironclad is a bloody mess

30 Nov

One movie poster reads, “Heavy Metal Goes Medieval” and the another poster reads, “Blood. Will. Run.”  I could only laugh at the marketing genius to entice adolescent audiences to watch a story about 13th century England and its despot King John’s attempt to renege on the signing of the Magna Carta.  This film is mostly fiction, if not fantasy, and its bloody action scenes live up to both posters’ billings. I selected this film from Netflix virtual roll-a-deck because it starred, Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Jason Flemyng, and Kate Mara. Could this film be a diamond in the rough that Hollywood ignored to distribute? No. Unfortunately, this film’s poster should of read, Ironclad: A Bloody Mess.  There are so many shortcomings that it is difficult to know where to begin, but the story is the main source of the film’s undoing. I can say that the talent of this cast saved this film from being a complete debacle.


Chuck’s Grade: C-

Adam’s Grade: N/A

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