Centurion is a 2010 British production and is the story of the conquest of Britain and the legend of the massacre of the Ninth Legion in Caledonia at the beginning of the 2nd century A.D.. The movie starts in 117 A.D. As a reminder, Hadrian (reign: 117 - 138 AD) is then emperor of the Roman Empire. Roman forts at the southern border of the Scottish Highlands are facing guerrilla attacks by the Picts of Alba. One garrison at Pinnata Castra is entirely destroyed. Only one man survives and escapes after being tortured. His name is Dias.
The governor of Britain wanting to obtain the favors of the Roman Senate, namely a return to a comfortable life back in the city of Rome, sends the Ninth Legion headed by General Titus Flavius Virilus (fictional) accompanied by a Celtic female scout called Etain (also fictional). Later Etain betrays the legion which is decimated by the Picts. Seven Romans manage to escape and survive including Dias, Bothos and Thax. Pictish warriors including Etain are sent to catch them and kill them. After being chased through the woods and seeing their camp being attacked only Bothos and Dias survives (Dias also kills Etain).
Emperor Hadrian ordered the Roman garrison to retreat to the south. Dias and Bothos walk southwards and reach Hadrian's wall which is under construction. Dias finally reports to the governor the Legion's annihilation. The governor fearing that the news of this annihilation could encourage other tribes to revolt decides that Dias must die. Dias manages to escape and to return to the forest.
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