James Purefoy‘s strong leadership against Paul Giamatti’s cement-handed villainy has enough edge and seriousness to prevent Ironclad from ever sliding into campiness,” Thefilmpilgrim‘s Stefan Jenkins wrote two months ago, “and the brutally exhilarating battle sequences make it solid yet shallow popcorn fare.

“Director Jonathan English, however, is notably a name to watch, his skill at balancing budget, style and fearlessly brutal action will surely make him desirable property in years to come.” When Jenkins says “style” he means “shakycam.”

I honestly prefer the German-language version of the trailer for this British-funded action epic, which opens domestically on 7.26. Here’s the English-language trailer.