Ridley Scott is no stranger to action-packed adventure films with top-notch production values. He directed "Alien," "Blade Runner" and "Gladiator," among many others. He now brings us another blockbuster epic with a 21st century version of the old tale of "Robin Hood."
A buffed Russell Crowe plays the legendary outlaw with all the great screen presence that made the actor famous. Cate Blanchett, his fellow Australian, is well cast as his feisty equal in the role of Lady Marion. William Hurt and Max Von Sydow have supporting roles that add gravitas to the enterprise. They're all a good fit for this old-fashioned costume drama that captures the harsh ambience of life in the Middle Ages.
The film opens in the early stages of Robin's transformation from a common archer in the 12th century crusade of King Richard the Lion Heart. After Richard is killed in combat, Robin becomes a rebel against the crown that passes to the unworthy King John.