James - "Have you ever killed a man, Squire? Then you will learn it is not a noble thing."
Squire - "Not even when it's for freedom?"
James - "Not even when it's for God."
'Ironclad' depicts the events surrounding the siege of Rochester Castle in England in the year 1215. Why did this feature go direct to video? You had bankable stars in this one - Brian Cox, Paul Giamatti, James Purefoy - and a good story shot in the quaint but wild parts of Wales. Lots of bloody fighting and castle sieging are included.
A good deal of thought and effort is put into recreating life as it was back in those times. The means of warfare are accurately recreated. The clothing and inplements are well worn and worked in as are the actors, many who you have never see before. That casting decision fit nicely with the times the movie is set in.
This one get's pretty grim early on and maintains a high bodycount after that as well as give the viewer an education in the effect caused by blunt force weapons on the human body. I also learned what a dickhead king Prince John became.
King John did not take being forced to sign the Magna Carta by the Church and his Nobles very well. He sought to consolidate his power by taking over all the castles in southern England. This would prevent the nobles from ever growing as powerful as they had when they actually could threaten his rule.
This is an old school theme done many times before and in this case I believe quite successfully. The scrappy group of castle defenders are interesting characters all and I liked following their individual story arcs. A few nice surprises but this is mostly reliable entertainment. The fight scenes have a real viseral energy to them.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.