Marshall of the Legion

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Marshall of the Legion

MovieBob reviews the werewolves and cannibals that brought director Neil Marshall to the Centurions of the Ninth Legion.

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I Was kinda expecting a sort of response to all the heat Bob got for his review of The Expendables. That would've been fun. I already had a title in my mind, something like "counter-Attack" or "Returning Fire", in which Bob compares other action movies, and compares them to The Expendables to better show off its shortcomings. Anyway, this is still a good read.

I have seen Decent(It was good) started watching Dog soldiers(Fell asleep but was ok from what i saw) and have yet to see doomsday.

Good read non-the-less

I really enjoyed Doomsday, and the Descent was excellent.

Haven't seen Dog Soldiers though, it sounds interesting enough.

I think I fall on the other side of the fence of Bob on this one. For one, Dog Soldiers fell into my "it's another Saturday SciFi filler movie," The Descent felt like a mishmash of The Hills Have Eyes and The Cave, and Doomsday was downright dreadful.

Kudos to the guy for funding his wife's project though.

Doomsday is probably my favourite movie of all time, with it only maybe being edged out by Inception.

I just bought the Descent, and am looking forward to watching it.

Haven't seen Dog Soldiers yet, but when I find it, I will buy it.

Glad to hear that you liked Doomsday Bob.

I will likely go check out Marshall's new film ASAP now.

Dog Soldiers was a great flick, first time I watched it was before we went out on an weekend excercise in the army. It fit really well, I also think the NCO's were trying to shit a few of us up with it too.

Maybe this is one of those situations of different taste. For one, I found Doomsday to be so forgettable that I can't even recall the big twist of the second tribe. It's a mish-mash of imagery in my head.

However, if I were going to see a bad movie, I'd prefer a bad action film over a bad horror film. I guess I just don't have as much a taste for gore porn, though, and could care less about nude scenes since I have the Internet, even if they are in 3-D. I found The Expendables fun enough, just disappointing in the same manner Aliens vs. Predator was disappointing. I enjoyed the action, but in the end it was bogged down with too much shit I didn't care about that what I really wanted didn't get the necessary screen time.

Centurion does seem interesting, though. Up my alley, in fact.

Doomsday was God awful, I winced my way through the entire film.

Alright, Centurion definitely looks cool, I'll check it out after I see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

But before I do, I know you said your movie reviews are planned out months in advance, but surely you can at least write an article address the REAL complaints of The Expendables. You know, to keep yourself from looking like a complete douche.

I, too, loved Dog Soldiers, and The Descent is one of the few scary movies that I absolutely adore, although I don't know if I will ever be able to sit through another viewing of it. I agree with the sentiment that Doomsday was a step backward - it was ok, but I am not a huge Rhona Mitra fan either. I previously had no idea that these three films had the same guy behind the wheel, but now knowing that, I am definitely gonna have to give Centurion a watch!

I have to say, I've gotten REAAALY a lot more intrigued in Piranha 3D in the past few days, even more so now realizing the director.

I got lucky enough to grab The Decent off the shelf of a Blockbuster without so much as looking at the back cover to see what it was about. I didn't even know there were going to be monsters in it. That being said, the movie freaked me out BEFORE the monsters showed up. Oh, sorry, spoiler alert, there's monsters. I don't know how well it holds up knowing the full premise before viewing, but it confirms my theory that the less we know about a movie before we watch it, the better. No expectations, no preconceived ideas, just enjoying it as it is.

Imagine being in the 80s, you haven't heard of Indiana Jones, and you pop that guy in from a white, no frills, no graphics case. And then you experience it.

So to all you guys wanting to experience something new, just grab a random movie off of the scifi/horror shelf and see what you get. First film "Altered States" :) and no, I'm not going to tell you what it's about. :)

theclownprince1:
Doomsday was God aweful, I cringed my way through the entire film.

I jsut barely watched it myself...so terrible, truly

Didn't seem much of a review, or even anything really. More like a News Article.

I LOVED Dog Soldiers. Squaddies + Werewolves + reverance but a low budget = awesomeness. The decent crystalised something that had been missing from horror for quite a while, a bareable screenplay and actual horror/ thrills.

RTR:
I Was kinda expecting a sort of response to all the heat Bob got for his review of The Expendables. That would've been fun. I already had a title in my mind, something like "counter-Attack" or "Returning Fire", in which Bob compares other action movies, and compares them to The Expendables to better show off its shortcomings. Anyway, this is still a good read.

Actually, I wish he did do that, because I STILL don't know why he doesn't like it. I haven't seen the movie and all I can take from his review is that "Bob does not like."

That's the only real problem I had with that last review. A lot of people told me it was decent, and Bob said it sucked, I want to know why. It's not going to make or break me seeing the film, but if he was able to explain the movie a bit more to give me some incite as to why he hated it, then I wouldn't have a problem. If anything, he could have left this weeks review to the other 2 films and made the article based on what his problem(s) with the Expendables were.

I'm not mad at the insults, because obviously they don't affect me considering I haven't seen the film, I'm upset that I feel his videos are slipping. Watch one of his older videos like Splice, then come back to watch the Expendables and this weeks double review, and you can see why I feel this is the case. The review on Splice gave me enough information about the film for me to get a better idea on whether that film was worth my time or not. His later reviews seem to lack that of which attracted me to his videos in the first place.

The only things I know about the past 4 movies he talked about are "Liked, HATED, Boobs, and the director from Dog Soldiers." Quite frankly, how am I supposed to take him seriously as a reviewer/critic when that's all the information he's releasing about the films he goes to see. Is he suffering from illness and is accidentally falling asleep at the theater so his videos are suffering for it?

This article however inspired me to go down to my brothers, grab a glass of wine, and watch Dog Soldiers and The Descent again. This is the kind of approach I expect from you Bob. In this article, he introduces a writer/director that may not be as well known as the others, and talks about a few of his movies that I for one feel are extraordinary, and by doing so, giving them the spotlight for a moment so others who have never heard of the film(s)/director before can go out and rent some treasures.

Very professional, and very informational, what happened that your videos are starting to lack this?

snowfox:

RTR:
I Was kinda expecting a sort of response to all the heat Bob got for his review of The Expendables. That would've been fun. I already had a title in my mind, something like "counter-Attack" or "Returning Fire", in which Bob compares other action movies, and compares them to The Expendables to better show off its shortcomings. Anyway, this is still a good read.

Actually, I wish he did do that, because I STILL don't know why he doesn't like it. I haven't seen the movie and all I can take from his review is that "Bob does not like."

That's the only real problem I had with that last review. A lot of people told me it was decent, and Bob said it sucked, I want to know why. It's not going to make or break me seeing the film, but if he was able to explain the movie a bit more to give me some incite as to why he hated it, then I wouldn't have a problem. If anything, he could have left this weeks review to the other 2 films and made the article based on what his problem(s) with the Expendables were.

I'm not mad at the insults, because obviously they don't affect me considering I haven't seen the film, I'm upset that I feel his videos are slipping. Watch one of his older videos like Splice, then come back to watch the Expendables and this weeks double review, and you can see why I feel this is the case. The review on Splice gave me enough information about the film for me to get a better idea on whether that film was worth my time or not. His later reviews seem to lack that of which attracted me to his videos in the first place.

The only things I know about the past 4 movies he talked about are "Liked, HATED, Boobs, and the director from Dog Soldiers." Quite frankly, how am I supposed to take him seriously as a reviewer/critic when that's all the information he's releasing about the films he goes to see. Is he suffering from illness and is accidentally falling asleep at the theater so his videos are suffering for it?

This article however inspired me to go down to my brothers, grab a glass of wine, and watch Dog Soldiers and The Descent again. This is the kind of approach I expect from you Bob. In this article, he introduces a writer/director that may not be as well known as the others, and talks about a few of his movies that I for one feel are extraordinary, and by doing so, giving them the spotlight for a moment so others who have never heard of the film(s)/director before can go out and rent some treasures.

Very professional, and very informational, what happened that your videos are starting to lack this?

The way I see it, Bob likes to call things the way he sees them or the way he thinks it was intended to be. Example: in his review of Splice, he brought out all the good points he saw in the movie while also kidding around with the whole "Would ya...?" thing. Also, when he talks about boobs in movies, for the most part, he brings it up when their inclusion was intentional right from the start, which was pretty much the case with Pirahna 3D. It's just a mindless, bloody, junky, b-movie distraction. The good kind.

Yeah, I'm a big fan of the fellows films. Though I honestly didn't know who he was or if it was the same fellow who did the mentioned films. However I've enjoyed both The Decent and Dog Soldiers, haven't got around to Doomsday and I'm sure I'll enjoy centurion. Though now that I know the director is linked to both of those gems. I assure you I'll be keeping a watch out of this fellow and his future movies.

Marter:

Haven't seen Dog Soldiers yet, but when I find it, I will buy it.

Do, seriously... It's a brilliant largely underrated gem and a personal favourite of mine. The movie as a brilliant balance of horror, action, tension and comedy... A must see film in my opinion. Though I hear it went straight to DVD in America which is a shame.

ckeymel:
I, too, loved Dog Soldiers, and The Descent is one of the few scary movies that I absolutely adore, although I don't know if I will ever be able to sit through another viewing of it. I agree with the sentiment that Doomsday was a step backward - it was ok, but I am not a huge Rhona Mitra fan either. I previously had no idea that these three films had the same guy behind the wheel, but now knowing that, I am definitely gonna have to give Centurion a watch!

I'm almost completely with you, though I'll watch The Descent over and over again and, though I agree Doomsday wasn't nearly as deft, I love me some Rhona Mitra.

I'd heard Dog Soldiers was good, but now that I know who's responsible for it, it's definitely on my "to watch" list.

Saw Centurion last week and like the rest of his movies it's pretty enjoyable as long as you're not expecting anything other than a decent action flick

Dog Soldiers is entertaining while The Decent is a genuinely good horror film.

Doomsday on the other hand, sorry Bob but I dismiss it not because you think it's "fashionable", it just sucked. I found it derivative of better films, which is the worst thing you can do really since every reference you instead think about watching the better film.

Have seen and enjoyed, Dog Soldiers and The Descend. Didn't like Doomsday though.

Big fan of Dog Soldiers, liked Doomsday because it was mad max set in my hometown (I'm 90%) sure some of it was filmed in the next town over too me and I've seen centurion twice since I got it on DVD last weekend. Didn't see the Descent though. Probably because it was comin out when I was below the age limit too see it so I missed it.
Centurion is great though, its out on DVD and it has one of the best bloopers I've seen. Let's just say, epic frontflip for the win.

I loved The Descent, disliked Doomsday (great car scenes though), and have only seen the first 15 minutes of Dog Soldiers but I loved what I saw. All in all I guess I like this guy and am looking forward to his new one.

Doomsday was fun, have yet to see the other two, and if I can find Centurion I will definitely see it!

There were three major problems with Doomsday, Mr. Bob. Firstly, the soundtrack was terrible; it should all have been hardcore scottish punk like The Exploited, especially when the tribal punks were rallying. Secondly (SPOILERS), in the second half of the film with Malcolm McDowell's medieval settlement, why were they using authentic looks dark-age weaponry and clothing? It would have been much better had the props and costumes taken the medieval aesthetic and added a nice, Post-Apocalyptic spin. And thirdly, a sports car? C'mon!! That just ruins it all!!

ironlordthemad:
Big fan of Dog Soldiers, liked Doomsday because it was mad max set in my hometown (I'm 90%) sure some of it was filmed in the next town over too me

Really? That it was in Scotland was one of the main reasons I really hated this film. It made Scotland look ridiculous with our 50 story tenements, the survivors turning to cannibalism despite seeing healthy animals all over the place and our inability to notice the giant wall going up between us and England.

I also found it funny how there was also still enough purple hair dye 20 years after the lock down to support most of Glasgow :)

I caught the Decent channel surfing sometime last year and running across Sci-Fi Channel's weekend movie marathons. Thoroughly enjoyed it, mainly because it had a completely non-sexed up female cast, almost all of whom remained relatively bad ass or level headed throughout the film. That and the sheer amount of gore (literal rivers of blood) he put those ladies through was amazing.

The Gentleman:
I think I fall on the other side of the fence of Bob on this one. For one, Dog Soldiers fell into my "it's another Saturday SciFi filler movie," The Descent felt like a mishmash of The Hills Have Eyes and The Cave, and Doomsday was downright dreadful.

Kudos to the guy for funding his wife's project though.

If you're talking about the remake of Hills, then The Descent predates both of those movies, so I'm not sure it can really be accused of being derivative of something that came after it.

I have yet to see The Centurion, but I agree with you up to a point. The Descent is the only one of his movies that I found to be exceptional. Dog Soldiers had potential, but its characters might as well have been wax prototypes out of a horror archetype manual, and its climax couldn't really live up to the buildup. Doomsday is primarily just good for a laugh at its sheer silliness.

Marshall is one of my favorite filmmakers to break onto the scene in the last decade, so I always try to keep an eye out for movies that he's involved in (last I heard, he's got two other movies that he wants to do: a zombie movie set on an oil rig, which might be very timely after the Gulf oil spill, and a medieval heist movie about some thieves hired to recover King Arthur's sword). Definitely want to catch Centurion, but might have to make a trip to a city with good theaters to do so.

Talk about The Descent and no talking of the "Voluptate Mors" reference in the poster feel wrong.

Haven't seen Doomsday, but I'm sure I will, but as for Dog Soldiers, it's a tuly excellent example of how to make a great horror/action movie on a low budget, get a cast that works well together, realise you don't have the budget to make a realistically scary set of monsters, so use the age old technique of fast camera shots, only allowing the beasts on screen for moments at a time.

The Descent, I went into it not knowing anything, and I fear it's too late for anyone reading this, but I found it an utterly compelling piece of really tense, creepy cinema, and THEN they threw the monsters in, and just multiplied everything, the Descent could have been a pretty good movie even without them, I think.

I liked Doomsday although it's pretty forgettable. Didn't see Dog Soldiers. However, I can't understand how people can like The Descent. I saw it with a couple of friends and it was just totally bad. We were laughing at some of the scenes, so maybe in terms of a B-Movie it delivers. I have yet to meet a single person who thought that movie was good.
The setting was nice, but the story and characters felt bland, the monsters were ridiculous and I fail to see how this qualifies as good horror.

moviebob: you forgot to mention the descent is more than just a "monster horror":

this makes the descent one of the best horror films ive ever seen.

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