However, when I visited the castle in 2012, I was amazed at the strength and stability of its mighty walls. Thomas Marshal, the main character played by , is based loosely upon medieval knight and statesman. This made it a less attractive residence and in the subsequent century, the Royal Manor at Gravesend was often used instead of Rochester. John was a feudal overlord rather than an absolute ruler and his relationship to his barons was as much personal as God-given. The Kings men stormed the castle through the gap created by the collapsed wall, forcing the rebels to retreat into the 125 feet high keep, with its 12 feet thick walls. Fox left the film and was later replaced by. The fighting scenes, in which there are many, seemed quite realistic.
Maybe because the team behind was bold enough to try making an indie movie able to play in the big league. Like most magnates, Odo owned lands in both territories and wanted a single ruler. First they assaulted Rochester Bridge and were repelled by the defenders. Despite the catastrophic destruction of their castle, the rebels retreated into the undamaged portion of the Keep but their supplies were limited and they surrendered a few days later. Few monarchs have been subject to such appalling publicity as John.
Although is a little revisionist about characters , history and time when is developed the action in a dirty , gritty Middle Age. To make a gripping film about that would take a truly gifted and original storyteller, which these guys are not. Ironclad was the largest independent production that has been filmed in Wales, and was among the largest independent films shot in Britain in 2009. The remaining rebels slaughtered the horses for food, but eventually on 30 November, some eight weeks after the siege began, they surrendered. Suspension of disbelief is paramount in such action films, yet we constantly see Isabel and the other women of the castle wandering around freely, with their hair floating around the shoulders and bare arms and cleavage everywhere.
The epilogue describes King John's death during his retreat and the reconstruction of , and how it, like the , still stands. A fort may have been established nearby at the same time although this has not been located and evidence may have been obliterated by the later medieval castle. Pity about the film's title which conjures up images of battleships rather than knights. Poperinge, Belgium, West Flanders , Lanvallay to Adam and Reginald Croc. Kate Mara plays Trophy Wife Who Remains Incredibly Clean While Everyone Else Is Covered In Filth. This location was of tactical importance, being at the junction of the River Medway and the famous Roman Watling Street and it is not hard to see why the Normans decided to use this as a location for the fortress. Quarrelling was endemic to feudalism and any king needed to be 'robust'.
Overall its not a classic nor will it win awards, but for a couple of hours action based escapism it is certainly worth the effort of watching and is far superior to a number of bigger budget Hollywood contemporaries. I'd like to ask the other reviewers: Who cares about the historical inaccuracies when I can't even see the movie I'm watching? Maybe because Scott's Robin Hood was disappointing. Odo still held the fortification when William I died in 1087 and ownership of Normandy and England was divided between his two eldest sons, Robert Curthose and William Rufus. The defenders of the castle continued the warfare undeterred, and fought bravely amongst the ruins. Charles Dickens lived in Rochester during his childhood — between 1817 to 1821 — and returned to live in the area as an adult. And here's what I mean: The movie is absolutely watchable if you are a fan of historical action, medieval theme and hack n' slash of course.
It was rebuilt for King William Rufus between 1087-9 by Gundulf, Bishop of Rochester, and was one of the earliest castles in Britain to be fortified in stone. Winter was now setting in, and the castle was taken on 30 November by starvation and not by force. After William died in 1087, many Norman nobles in England were unhappy at the how his possessions in Normandy were bequeathed. I gave it a 2 out of 10 because of the good production values and a good recreation of how those times looked like, but the action is pretty much unwatchable and the writing is just bad, but I wouldn't have minded that if I would have gotten good action scenes. This period of English history was supremely turbulent and well suited as the setting of a movie such as this one.
The camera work is at times annoyingly shaky especially during the battle scenes but there is also some nice scenery in the few quieter spells. James Purefoy's Knight Templar is an interesting extenuation of the Orlando Bloom character in 'Kingdom of Heaven' and Russell Crow's Robin Hood. You can see the square slots for wooden flooring on the left side. The castle well has obviously been recently restored check the date on it! Yes, it is essentially the Magnificent Seven again, but everything is cold and wet and miserable and grey and covered in mud. The fictional characters' names are so inappropriate and un-medieval it's as though the production team picked them by opening the telephone directory at random, or raised money to make the film by auctioning off the right to name a character after your uncle: e. Strange choice of Paul Giamatti to play an English king though. While the castle itself is depicted realistically, the nearby and the City of Rochester itself are completely missing from the location shots.
The rebels were allowed to march out with horses and arms, but were stripped of their lands and titles in England. Despite pelting it with vast rocks, it stood firm, protecting all those who lay siege inside. The plot is made clear and therefore unlike some historical action films you actually get to know what's going on and why. Anachronisms slip in - John 'signing' Magna Carta; the Great Charter itself symbolising a kind of protean democracy; what appears to be a Jacobean table adorning John's tent — to name a few. To stop John from returning to London with his army, they asked Stephen Langton, the man in charge of Rochester Castle, to turn it over to them. Unusually the keep, by then redundant in many other royal castles, became the principal residential building. But things are saved with a kind of feel good ending.
But blockbusters aren't perfect, and neither is this. Templar - the main protagonist of the movie, is played well as well. She is recorded as being pious and founding religious houses. In this respect, it has a lot in common with The main part of the castle that you can see today is the mighty square keep, and this dates to around 1130. The cast were a list of well known and respected actors, all of whom put in a good display with what they were given with Paul Giamatti's rant about the divinity of Kings being especially engaging. The royal pair married in Windsor and the Bishop of Salisbury claimed the right as Windsor was within his diocese. Stevenson, 175, following Robert fitz Walter's entry into the castle, negotiated secretly with the constable, Reginald of Cornhill: Ibid.
Strategically positioned on the east bank of the River Medway, the massive architectural impact of the old ruined Norman fortifications is evident whichever angle you approach it from. Firstly I am quite realistic about my expectations when a historical movie is made. The rebel barons had then sent troops under to the castle, to whom its constable opened the castle's gates. It currently holds 43% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes, alongside a 41% audience score. Despite his ecclesiastical calling, he was a proficient castle builder having previously constructed the White Tower in London.