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Lost Legion (2014/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: B Sound: C Extras: D Film: C+

At the end of the Roman Empire, Rome is in decline and petty Romans/Primas schemes around who is to be the next Emperor. Urbina seeks to put her spoiled son Cassius as the next Emperor with the aide of General Maximus, but General Maximus sees Cassius for what he truly is and has plans of his own...

In David Kocar & Petr Kubik's Lost Legion (2014), General Maximus is more than aware Rome is failing and yet the Romans continue to their cruel ways while still calling themselves a republic (they just kill who they don't like and leave no one around to argue with them). As they continue to pretend how great being a 'Roman' citizen is the only thing they truly care about who can they screw over next and who is lining their own wallets. Taranis learns fist hand about Roman betrayal, seeking protection for him, his men and his clan only to find his reward for loyalty was betrayal, his wife sold to another man, and him framed in order to help General Maximus ascend the throne.

This was like a poor man's version of Russel Crowe's Gladiator, mixed with the cable TV series Rome, seems like all 'Roman' action films now are about sex, nudity, and death fights. But it does highlight why the Roman Empire collapsed, caring about only their own 'greatness' the system failed because of greed, corruption and inequality, after everything Roman's did to others it is hardly a surprise others would seek their downfall.

The stylized, anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image looks as good ass it could in the firmat, but the lossy Dolby Digital mix is not as rich, good or consistent. The only extra is a trailer.

- Ricky Chiang


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