The Brit filmakers are really getting into the swords & sandals game lately, it started for me with The Eagle, then a few nights ago caught Centurion which in many respects was far better than eagle, waaay more action & brutal realism in the battle scenes, plenty of great locations. The only down side was the length, it go's on & on & on.
But the best of the lot was easily Ironclad, its the best mix of story, production values & length of the eagle & the ultra-realistic battle scenes of Centurion. You really get it all in this one, castle siege warfare, open field battles, of course awesome locales... but the kicker is the battle realism... i mean, THIS is what it must have looked like, the butchery is just incredible. One particular scene where the hero tells his men to clear him a path on the ramparts of a castle wall to get at some Norman siegers who'd made it over the wall was pure. awesomeness. You really see what a power stroke from a broadsword would do to a man.