With its idiosyncratic take on the 99 percent/one percent income-inequality class system and environmental destructiveness at the forefront, the film has remarkable contemporary relevance.
That nothing is quite what it seems, a familiar approach in this kind of thriller, is fine. We only wish that the eventual revelations were more interesting and satisfying.
Mia Wasikowska plays the titular protagonist: a poor, plain-speaking, and observant young woman who struggles to become independent against all odds.
However well-intentioned they might be, sword-and-sandals epics struggle to look and seem real rather than fake, sober rather than silly. But that unfortunate intersection is where “The Eagle” has landed.