Awash with sweeping shots of pictorial landscapes amidst meditative moments of battlefield bonding, The Eagle
searches for deep drama while cloaking itself in grand adventure. Despite the fairly laughable American-accented dialogue, this Roman period piece nearly achieves the kind of cross-genre success of, say, Gladiator
, yet it inevitably meanders too often when it should move. The action, viscerally shot in the all-too-familiar shaky-cam style, is bloodless, as is the emotion. In the place of iconic heroism, audiences are handed moment upon moment of static dialogue scenes packed with jaw-muscle flexing. In fact, probably the best thing that could co...