Not being a Russell Crowe fan, I tend to avoid his movies. However, I must admit to really enjoying this surprisingly robust and engaging adventure epic. The director, Ridley Scott, is no stranger to these kinds of movies, so it's clear that he knows how to film big action scenes involving armies attacking each other with swords and battering rams and catapults. And the storyline also offers some interest i th elegend of Robin Hood.
After deserting the English army during the Crusades, Robin and some other deserters just want to return home. But they get caught up in the rebellion against the King and his sinister plans to further tax the very poor inhabitants of England. The town of Nottingham is where Robin also find a kindred soul in lady Marion, who soon has him and his merry men risking their own freedom for the chance to fight for injustice in the land.
The added plotline which sets it apart from the Kevin Costner version of the 1990's is that the French are trying to attack England, and a conspiratorial plot is set in motion to lower the guards on the English coast to allow an invasion to take place. It all combines climactically in a bruising battle on the beach which is exciting and extremely well-filmed. (4 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
The Robin Hood adventure chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard's army against the French.
Upon Richard's death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion, a woman skeptical of the identity and motivations of this crusader from the forest.
Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marion and salvage the village, Robin assembles a gang whose lethal mercenary skills are matched only by its appetite for life.
Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.
Universal Home Entertainment
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• Cate Blanchett
||192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||2 hours, 20 minutes
Region 2. This DVD will play in all South African DVD players.
|| Dolby Digital 5.1
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