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  • Ironclad 2011 war film review
  • Ironclad 2011 war film review
  • Ironclad 2011 war film review
  • Ironclad 2011 war film review
  • Ironclad 2011 war film review
  • Ironclad 2011 war film review
  • Ironclad 2011 war film review
  • Ironclad 2011 war film review
  • Ironclad 2011 war film review
  • Ironclad 2011 war film review

Ironclad 2011 war film review

2011

Ironclad (2011, United Kingdom)

Running time: 120 minutes

Categories: knights filmsfortress filmscastle filmsmercenaries filmsbombardment filmspolitical films

Language: English


King John Lackland did not took well the humiliation when he was forced to sign the Magna Carta reform and with help of mercenary forces he plans to regain the power he was stripped off.



In 1215 the position of King John was weakened by the failed campaign in France, but also by the rebel barons that were trying to force him to take a political reform that would transfer some of the power to the landlords. The tensions between king and the nobles led to signing the Magna Carta reform, a milestone for England, but also it was the last drop that made King John cross the line. Instead of burying the hatchet he gathered the army of mercenaries and went after the rebel barons. During raid on one of the castles his forces tried to cut the tongue of Abbot Marcus, who was escorting three Templar knights to Canterbury. One of the knight, Thomas Marshall, attacks the king’s soldiers and manages to escape from the bloodbath. Soon he joins baron William d’Aubigny, who is gathering people that would help him in the revolt. He plans to take over control of Rochester Castle that is strategic point that links London with southern England. On the arrival to Rochester they find few of the king’s Danish mercenaries, who already claimed the castle. William d’Aubigny and his men manage to take over Rochester, but with king’s forces already on the way their position is weak. A thousand of mercenaries soon show up at the gates of the castle, while baron has only 20 people to defend it.

British war film about real events that took place in 1215. Or rather events that are slightly similar to those of 1215 - writer and director Jonathan English took a lot of liberties with the story, beginning with the number of defenders and end with the outcome of the battle. With quite impressive cast Ironclad seemed like an interesting idea - there were very little medieval time war films lately - but the creators seemed unsure what exactly they are trying to achieve and ended up with too many peas in a pod. We have here so many themes that it is hard to concentrate on one - form politics to siege warfare and from religion to romance - the story of Ironclad is all over the place. Unfortunately none of those themes actually worked and what we see is simply poor quality action flick.

Our rating

4.8 / 10

Film value

5 / 10

Realism factor

2 / 5

Adventure factor

3 / 5

Historical accuracy factor

2 / 5



Wars and battles in Ironclad









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