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Ironclad (2011, United Kingdom)

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Director: Jonathan English

Czas: 120 minut

Laguages: English

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2024-04-07 / 1970-01-01

In 1215 English barons forced King John Lackland to sign the Magna Carta reform that took away part of his power. John did not took it well and soon went after the people, who opposed him.

In 1215 tensions between King John Lackland and the nobles lead some of the barons and landowners to revolt against the king’s rule. They demanded reform that would pass some of the power to them, but King John was not taking it well. The negotiations ended when king have signed the Magna Carta political reform that seemed to resolve the conflict, but it was just an illusion. Soon after King John hired Danish mercenaries and went after the barons that forced him to sign Magna Carta. Baron William d’Aubigny decided it is time to move to an open revolt against the king and gathered a small team of veteran warriors to make a first step and take over strategic Rochester Castle that holds the only road between Dover and London. Taking over the castle was easy, but King John was already on the way to put on a fight. When he arrived with a thousand of his Danish troops it was obvious that d’Aubigny has no chance to win in a battle having only about 20 people and thick stone walls at his disposal. Soon the siege begins...

British war movie based on the true events of Rochester Castle siege in 1215, or rather inspired by them since the screenplay has very little to do with historical facts. With impressive cast, that included Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi and Paul Giamatti, and main motif of castle siege Ironclad seemed like a potential great war movie, but from the beginning it seems like the creators fail to find the budget for their production, not to mention that the screenplay is rather peculiar to put it mildly. Jonathan English decided not to keep close to historical facts (f.e. in reality there were about 100 defenders of the castle, not 20), but also put a lot of different bits into one, slightly incoherent, storyline - we have here romance, bromance, politics, religion, Knights Templar, medieval Rambo-style warrior and cartoonish characters. All of it would be fine if the movie had a point to make, but it is hard to spot what was the point. That evil kings will be punished? That Templar knights were the best? That chicks dig scars? It was nice to see war movie about medieval times (something that was rare in recent years), but overall the chance was wasted on adventure flick that has very little to do with historical events.

Our rating


Film value

5 / 10

Realism factor

2 / 5

Adventure factor

3 / 5

Historical accuracy

2 / 5

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Cast of Ironclad

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Events depicted in Ironclad

First Barons’ War (1215-1217) Siege of Rochester (19 Jun 1215)

Ironclad trivia

Real siege of Rochester

Movie is very loosely based on the real siege of Rochester - apart from number of defenders (at least 100, not only 20), also the order of events is made up (in real life it was firstly the retreat to the keep, later long siege of that keep), outcome of the battle (in reality the defenders surrendered) and the relief party (French forces reached Rochester months after the battle, but there was a group of knights approaching from London).

Danish mercenaries

The story of Danish mercenaries fighting for the favor of their country is completely made up - at that point in history Denmark was already a Christian country, so their motivation made no sense. The real mercenaries that were brought by King John were most likely French or Flemish (from regions of todays France or Belgium).

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