Ironclad is about a small group of barons and Knights of the Templar banding together to defend themselves and Rochester Castle against wayward King John (Paul Giamatti). Evidently history needed revision, because in this version the Knights of the Templar and the barons force King John to sign the Magna Carta for noble reasons and are subsequently forced to go on the lam.
Shoot 'Em Up was semi-enjoyable because the film was not to be taken seriously. Ironclad is a different animal. Not-so-serious medieval period films are difficult to make. They have to reside somewhere between The Princess Bride and Robin Hood (not Men in Tights). Not surprisingly Ironclad has had serious budgetary woes. Jason Flemyng, Charles Dance, Derek Jacobi, and the indomitable Brian Cox round out the cast. Releases July 26, 2011.