Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Coriolanus (2011)

This is an okay British movie based on true events. An on-going conflict is being waged between Rome and Volsci and rioting Roman citizens are particularly angry with general Caius Martius (Ralph Fiennes) who they blame for their problems. Martius raids the city of Corioles and after suffering many losses, emerges as the victor. He then engages in a one-on-one fight with the commander of the Volscian army, Tullus Aufidius (Gerard Butler) and both men are injured. Martius returns home and is given the third name of Coriolanus for his military victory. However, the people revolt against him and he is banished by the Senate. He returns to Tullus Aufidius and pleads for support to get revenge on the Romans.

The film was adapted from the play by William Shakespeare written between 1605 and 1608 and is itself based on the legendary Roman general who is said to have lived in the 5th century BC. Suzanne Collins also references him in The Hunger Games trilogy with her character President Coriolanus Snow, a totalitarian dictator.


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