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If You Like “The Expendables” You’ll Love “Centurion”

If You Like "The Expendables" You'll Love "Centurion"

Unless you like “The Expendables” just for the superficial aspect of the casting — for which you can just like the idea of “The Expendables” rather than the film itself — or for the guns and explosions, you fans of Sylvester Stallone’s ensemble action hit, you who’ve made it the biggest movie of August and you who’ve also rated it very high on IMDb, should love the similarly simplistic plot, lack of character development and very graphic violence of Neil Marshall’s “Centurion,” which opens in theaters this weekend. There’s plenty of blood, impaling, decapitations, that sort of stuff, and you’ll barely notice that it’s an Iraq-occupation allegory. At least as much as you ignored any political subtext in “The Expendables.” Also, the romantic bits are almost as nonexistent as in that movie. Just a bunch of guys battling other guys. And one kick-ass tracker/warrior played awesomely by rising star Olga Kurylenko. I haven’t enjoyed a mute performance from an actress this much since Samantha Morton in “Sweet and Lowdown.”

I want to write more about this movie when I have more time, but action fans go see this. Then we’ll talk about it more. Here’s a red-band trailer:

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