Ironclad is an ultra-violent action thriller that tells the true story of a money crew of tough, battle hardened warriors, who withstood several brutal and bloody months under siege, in a desperate bid to defend their country's freedom...
See it if you like the spurting of much blood :)
- Ironclad review by RP
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Violent medieval drama with much death and destruction, spurting of blood, hacking off of limbs etc. Great stuff - but it's like this all the way through without anything to lighten the load, so overall it becomes a somewhat gloomy affair.
Set in the years after the signing of Magna Carta, it tells the tale of the return of baddie King John to reclaim his throne aided by a bunch of Danish mercenaries. The goodies (a Templar Knight + a few others) hole up in Rochester castle and withstand a siege until the French arrive to rescue the few survivors.
Dark brooding stuff. And did I mention the spurting of much blood? See it if you like the genre. 3/5 stars.
Set in 13th Century England when the tyranny of King John (Paul Giamatti) is on a rampage, ‘Ironclad’ is all blood, spilled guts, severed limbs, and decapitated heads in the name of war. King John agreed to give equal rights and freedoms to his subjects dubbed the Magna Carta, only to turn on his word because he feels his barons who wrote it have betrayed and humiliated him.
His resolution: all-out war and the last stronghold, Rochester Castle is in for one of the bloodiest battles ever recorded in history. In the midst of the chaos is Templar knight Marshall (James Purefoy) who must defend his country from King John and his delusions. Love also springs forth as Marshall finds himself falling for Lady Isabel (Kate Mara) too.
If you’re looking for a sort of part two to Ridley Scott-Russell Crowe’s film ‘Robin Hood’, you may consider ‘Ironclad’ to take its place. Directed by Jonathan English, the film is not shy showing human-on-human violence and projecting blood that comes after it. Although not historically correct, it is factual with the inconceivable carnage. Nothing is as murkier than the battles in medieval England.
Paul Giamatti as King John over-acts but he is effective at doing a maniacal caricature of the royal shrew. The special effects, costumes, battle scenes, and production design are quite impressive considering that ‘Ironclad’ is an independently-produced film. It aspires to be ‘Braveheart’ without a riveting story, though.
As far as medieval films go, ‘Ironclad’ has its own appeal; a veritable popcorn-action flick for the not-so fainthearted. Imagine action flicks if they were produced during medieval times – this would be in the summer blockbuster movie line-up. But instead of guns and ammo, you’ve got swords, bows, and arrows. There’s something visceral about wars, whether set in medieval- or modern-times. Like a car crash, you just need to see it.