Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My IRONCLAD Guarantee

I know the movies I have been talking about lately are my preaching to the choir & but you faithful readers will dig this one too.

IRONCLAD rocks.

Set in 1215 not too long after King John, Paul Giamatti (is wonderfully wicked) has signed the Magna Carta, he has second thoughts and tries to renege. But the nobles aren't going to stand for it and prepare a tiny force to hold Rochester castle, a strategic strong point.

Enter our Templar knight, Thomas Marshal played by James Purefoy, still channeling Solomon Kane, as a key defender against John.
There are some other fine actors - Brian Cox, Jason Flemying, and Charles Dance but the actor I was especially excited to see in action again is Vladimir Kulich.

Now I would not have recognized his name, but I would have recognized  Buliwyf from The 13th Warrior (a classic in my book). He is the captain of the Danish mercenaries employed by King John to win back England-and I was hankering through the whole movie for the point where he would fight Purefoy's Templar. (The image I found makes him look as how I picture my character Tyr, a Swedish mercenary in the forthcoming Roar of the Crowd anthology (& other antho's I'm working on))

The battles are bloody and visceral and IF you know who you are-you have my guarantee you are gonna like this movie.


12 comments:

Paul R. McNamee said...

It's on my shortlist!

Keith said...

You've been highlighting some great films lately. This one just moved to the top of my must-see list.

David J. West said...

Yep, you are the guys that I believe will like it as much as I do.

Tom Doolan said...

Dang. it's not on instant view on NetFlix yet. I may have to rent this one. Thanks for the suggestion!

David J. West said...

You'll want too Tom.

Mikeyboy said...

Looks great....can you vouch for the CENTURION or the EAGLE? I've been wznting to see them but am a bit apprehensive and don't want to waste my time of money unless they'r egood.

Trep said...

Thanks for posting this. I've been toying with whether or not to see this one. I'll give it a spot on my to-see list for sure now.

David J. West said...

Mikeyboy - I think Centurion is great, but I have not yet seen the Eagle (I hate the main actor in it, Channing-IsuckinGIJOE-Tatum) but I still want to see it because it is a sword & sandals movie.

Trep-cool its a great flick-you may be taken as I was, with the idea of the Templar's faith being paramount to his ideal of warriorship.

Unknown said...

I truely enjoy the movie. Especially the battle scenes!

David J. West said...

Unknown-damn right!

Charles Gramlich said...

Fantasy movies are coming out hot and heavy right now. I'm glad to see it.

David J. West said...

Charles-I do feel like there are suddenly a lot of great movies-all the better for me.