news culture The Last Kingdom: 8 films on Amazon Prime Video while waiting for the finale
The Last Kingdom series has ended for the moment with season 5. While waiting for the film which will serve as the grand finale to the saga, here is a selection of 8 feature films available on Amazon Prime Video which should please fans of Uhtred Ragnarsson.
- The Last of the Mohicans
- The last Samourai
- The Great Battle
- the Revenant
300 is a 2004 film directed by Zack Snyder starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro and adapted from the graphic novel by Frank Miller. It retraces the battle of Thermopylae which opposed the Spartan king Leonidas and his 300 warriors to the Persian king Xerxes and his legions. This battle was one of the most important feats of arms in ancient history, which led to the union of Greece. The film is cult and full of impressive and bloody scenes. Even though it’s inspired by a true story, it takes huge liberties with history and adds fantasy to it to make the story more epic than ever.
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By and with Mel Gibson, but also Sophie Marceau, Braveheart traces the history of Scottish independence at the end of the 13th century against King Edward of England. The combat scenes are realistic, dynamic and do not skimp on the hemoglobin. The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Inspired by an epic poem by Harry the Blind “The Acts and Deidis of the Illustrious and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace”, Braveheart deliberately takes many liberties with historical facts. The fiction here goes far beyond the “reality” of the facts related.
Released in 2000, Gladiator is directed by Ridley Scott with Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen in the lead roles. General Maximus is loyal to Emperor Marcus Aurelius, but the Emperor’s son, Commodus, is jealous of his father’s interest in this soldier. He arranges to regain power and orders Maximus’ execution. He manages to escape, but is picked up by a slave trader. He then becomes a gladiator and takes the opportunity to prepare his revenge. The film is not a historical adaptation, but uses great history and illustrious characters to build its own. The film won five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe.
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The Last of the Mohicans
The Last of the Mohicans starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe and Russell Means is a 1992 film directed by Michael Mann. In 1547, the French and the English fought on the American continent for the division of Indian lands. A young English officer, Duncan Heyward, must in the middle of this conflict lead two sisters to their father. They are ambushed on the way, but narrowly saved by Hawkeye, a frontier of European descent, raised by the Mohican Chingachgook and his son Uncas. This film is originally a novel by James Fenimore Cooper published in 1826.
The last Samourai
The last Samourai is a 2004 film directed by Edward Zwick starring Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly and Tony Goldwyn. In 1876, Captain Nathan Algren became a military adviser to the Japanese emperor thanks to the reputation obtained during the Indian wars against the Sioux. He finds himself caught between two completely different cultures. Sometimes described as too cliché, the film will appeal to lovers of Hollywood cinema. It depicts several historical events including the last great revolt of the samurai order which eventually disappeared at the end of the conflict. The character played by Tom Cruise is fictional.
The Great Battle
South Korean movie The Great Battle, directed by Kim Kwang-sik and released in 2018, tells how the Koreans resisted the Chinese invader. In the casting, we can find In-Sung Jo, Joo-hyuk Nam and Kim Seol-Hyun. In 645, Emperor Li of the Tang Dynasty invaded Goguryeo in the middle of the Kingdom of Korea. Yang Man-cheon and his handful of men, strive in this context to defend the fortress of Ansi from the attacks of thousands of Japanese soldiers. This is a historical film that focuses on spectacular battle scenes and military heroism. It has everything from a Korean blockbuster.
the Revenant released in 2016, is a film by Alejandro González Iñárritu with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson and adapted from the novel The Revenant (2002) by Michael Punke. Hugh Glass is a trapper who, after being attacked and injured by a bear, finds himself abandoned in the middle of the wilderness. He will then try to get out of this situation and take revenge on his teammates by traveling more than 300 km alone. The film is partially based on the story of the real Hugh Glass. The Revenant received Oscars for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Cinematography.
Troy is a film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, starring Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom, released in 2004 which adapts the take on the city of Troy. Hélène was kidnapped by Paris, the prince of the offending city. King Menelaus and Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, join forces to recover it with the help of a hero named Achilles. To do this, they besiege Troy and its fortifications deemed impregnable. The film is freely adapted from Homer’s Iliad, an epic poem composed of 24 songs. He certainly makes several historical and narrative deviations. Troy 2004 is a simplified, but effective version of the myth.
- All about Troy on AlloCiné
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