The Eagle

Theatrical Release: February 11, 2011
The Eagle


In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father’s memory by finding his lost legion’s golden emblem.

Dove Review

A Roman centurion named Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) sets out to clear his family’s name by finding the eagle, the symbol of Rome’s honor. It’s been missing for twenty years ever since his father suffered a military defeat. The story takes place in 140 A.D.

This film is not as violent as some I have seen, but unfortunately it hits a three in our content listing and that prevents it from receiving our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. It does have its violent moments for sure and plenty of carnage. It’s rated PG-13 but is a strong PG-13 and although some of the battles seem to have been edited there is enough violence for us to give a strong word of caution.

The theme of fighting for one’s family and honor is nicely handled but unfortunately when there are no action sequences on the screen the film tends to be slow paced in spots. In one sense, it seems not to live up to its potential in that the story is just not quite strong enough and, in addition, falls short in the family-friendly arena. Channing Tatum physically wears the armor well and handles his role convincingly. But for our Dove families, the all-too-real sword and spear battles are a bit too much.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A man states that the Romans defiled their daughters.
Language: A-1; S-1; D-1; P-1; Bloody-1
Violence: Battles and violence including stabbings, flesh wounds; a decapitated head is seen on the ground; men are struck with spears; a carriage wreck and man is badly wounded; gladiator fights and blood is seen on faces, hands, and various parts of the body; knife held to man's throat; men struck with arrows; knife strikes boy's back and off screen his throat is slit; characters are drowned.
Drugs: A few men are drunk; some wine.
Nudity: Shirtless men and a shirtless boy.
Other: Family tension; disagreements; the topic of fighting for one's honor; prayer to Roman gods and the Lord of Light but Christ is not mentioned as that Lord.


Company: Focus Features
Writer: Jeremy Brock & Rosemary Sutcliff
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 114 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter