DVD: Centurion

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Neil Marshall's gore-drenched action movie rips off/pays homage to the chase sequence in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but instead of bank robbers being pursued by a posse of mercenaries, the heroes are a rag-tag band of Roman soldiers (led by Michael Fassbender) being hunted through the forests of Caledonia by Picts.

Alas, scissor-happy editing has reduced it to a scrappy series of scenic views, interlarded with montages of swords hacking through human flesh.