The Last Legion parents guide

The Last Legion Parent Guide

If you are looking for pure popcorn adventure, it just might offer the sort of fluffy entertainment you could share with teens and older children.

Overall B

Twelve-year-old Romulus Augustus (Thomas Sangster), was only appointed Emperor of Rome for one day before everything was taken away from him. With great determination the exiled ruler sets out to reclaim his kingdom, enlisting the aid of faithful mentors (Ben Kingsley, Colin Firth and Aishwarya Rai), a legendary sword called Excaliburnus and the strength of The Last Legion.

Release date August 16, 2007

Violence C-
Sexual Content B+
Profanity A
Substance Use A

Why is The Last Legion rated PG-13? The MPAA rated The Last Legion PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some language and brief sexuality.

Run Time: 102 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Legends of swords and stones have been the building blocks of many great stories. Following in that tradition is The Last Legion, which begins during the 5th century as young Romulus Augustus (Thomas Sangster) is about to be proclaimed Emperor—and the Western Roman Empire is prepared to take its last breath.

Before the new ruler is able to warm the seat of his throne, factions wanting to take control of the Empire attack the palace, killing his parents. Because his mother is a link in the bloodline of the Caesars, Romulus is kidnapped, along with his philosophizing teacher Ambrosinus (Ben Kingsley), and taken to the secluded island prison of Capri.

Determined to free him, his right hand guard Aurelius (Colin Firth) and a faithful few travel to the island. On the way they meet a mysterious, disguised ally (Aishwarya Rai) who has been sent from the Ambassador of Copernicus. Able to fight like no other man, Aurelius and his band embrace the added help as they take down the boy’s captors.

Fortunately, the imprisonment at Capri yields an important benefit to Romulus. Inadvertently discovering the sword of his family’s heritage, the timid lad receives a much-needed boost of confidence. With weapon in hand, he gathers his liberators and determines to set off for far away Britannia where the Ninth Legion is supposed to exist.

The quest for the only warriors still loyal to the Caesars requires the group to trek over mountains, plains and waters, to get to the shores of Rome’s northernmost outpost. And it’s not long before the rag-tag group discovers another evil tyrant. Vortgyn (Harry Van Gorkum), is using the legionnaires as a bait to reel the Romulus into his grasp. The ensuing conflict makes for more battles, with countless people being bludgeoned, speared, and stabbed. Meanwhile, it seems like everyone has forgotten about what’s happening in Rome as the story stumbles toward an awkward finish allowing the legendary sword Excaliburnus to meet ye old stone, and set up the legend of a Once and Future King.

Although combat sequences are intense (including a man deliberately cutting off another character’s finger), most of the violence is sanitized, with the exception of a little blood shown in connection to facial injuries and soiled swords. The only other content of concern is a brief scene depicting an unmarried man and woman going to bed together.

With the mountain of medieval and King Arthur movies preceding The Last Legion, it is small wonder the film invokes a reminiscent, seen-it-before feeling. However, if you are looking for pure popcorn adventure, it just might offer the sort of fluffy entertainment you could share with teens and older children.

Directed by Doug Lefler. Starring Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Peter Mullan, Aishwarya Rai, Kevin McKidd,. Running time: 102 minutes. Theatrical release August 16, 2007. Updated

The Last Legion
Rating & Content Info

Why is The Last Legion rated PG-13? The Last Legion is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sequences of intense action violence, some language and brief sexuality.

Violence is the biggest (and nearly only) concern in this story about a young Roman emperor who sets out to find a band of soldiers who will uphold his rule. Lots of combat and conflict ensues, with swords, spears and stones being used to overcome enemies. Many deaths and injuries are depicted, however the portrayal of blood is minimal—especially considering the massive amount of mayhem. Some bothersome moments include a man who cuts off another man’s finger as a punishment (we do not see the actual act), images of dead corpses being hauled away, as well as bloodied faces and blades of weapons. Sexual content is limited to a brief moment when an unmarried man and woman get into bed together. No profanities were noted.

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The Last Legion Parents' Guide

A wise man in this film states, “Humiliation is a poor teacher for both men and boys.” Why are we tempted to use humiliation as a way of motivating someone to change or understand what they have done wrong? What methods make better teachers?

Why do you think the legend of King Arthur is so enduring? Do you think it is possible to achieve peace without fighting?

The only point of truth in this fictitious film is the existence of a Roman Emperor named Romulus Augustus. You can read more about this young ruler here:

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Last Legion movie is April 19, 2011. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The Last Legion

Blu-ray Release Date: 19 April 2011

The Last Legion releases on Blu-ray on April 19, 2011.

DVD Release Date: 17 December 2007

Roman armies, magical weapons and medieval folklore lock swords as The Last Legion comes to DVD. Director Doug Lefler adds his commentary of the movie, as well as for ten deleted scenes. Other bonus materials include a making-of featurette, a peak at the choreography behind the fight scenes and a storyboard-to-film comparison.

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This fictitious movie attempts to tell the story of Excalibur before it fell into Arthur’s hands. That famous legend has been put to film in The Sword in the Stone, Camelot, First Knight and King Arthur.

DVD Notes: The Last Legion