Ironclad is set in 1215 during the First Baron’s War in England. It has some great actors with James Purefoy as Marshall, a Templar Knight, Derek Jacobi as Reginald de Cornhill, Paul Giamatti as King John and the lovely Kate Mara as Lady Isabel. While Purefoy and Jacobi seem to fit the part I am not entirely sold on Giamatti as King John. Giamatti is a great actor and did a fantastic job as John Adams in the HBO mini series. But every time I see him all I can think of is: “Pig Vomit.” Of course starring Kate Mara is reason enough to see the movie.
It is the year 1215 and the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal to the Magna Carta, a noble, seminal document that upheld the rights of free-men. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel’s momentous struggle for justice and freedom.
Directed by Jonathan English, Ironclad opens on 04 March in the UK. It is set to open in 2011 in the USA but there is no official date.