Michael Fassbender and Dominic West are among a bunch of Roman centurions in 117AD Britain, where life is nasty, brutish and short.

Can they survive long enough to beat the vengeful Picts and get back to life under the Tuscan sun?

Well, certainly not if devil woman Olga Kurylenko has anything to say about it – well, actually, she can’t say anything as she’s been raped and had her tongue cut out – but she can do plenty with her dark eyes, ESP-tracking ability and her huge sword.

The film lets rip with an unrelenting round of slashing, hacking, gouging, pulping, stabbing and beheading and the silly dialogue undermines the movie.

However, it is a visually impressive production and Fassbender and Imogen Poots score strongly.