Rome is falling, crumbling into disrepair. In the last five years there have been five Caesars, and every one was murdered. Now the title of Caesar, highest office in Rome, must fall to the shoulders of a young boy, Romulus. Scared, naive, and unprepared, he is barely on the throne for hours when the dreaded [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Goths]] descend upon Rome. Deposed and exiled, Romulus is rescued by a small band of loyal warriors, but not before uncovering an ancient prophecy. Pursued by the Goths, the heroes are led by the prophecy to faraway lands where Romulus must find his destiny.

An action adventure movie made in 2007, staring Creator/ColinFirth, BenKingsley, Creator/AishwaryaRai and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E9TheFamilyofBlood that psychic kid from]] ''Series/DoctorWho'', loosely based off a novel of the same name by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Mira. Dear gods, Mira. She plows through an entire army of Goths holding Romulus prisoner. Apparently she became her culture's equivalent of a black belt at age ''fourteen''.
* AnachronismStew: So many that makes any history buff's head to implode: square ''scutum'' shields, leather armour, ''lorica segmentata'', using stirrups, armoured legionaries, early Imperial helmets, Pagan religion while both Romans 'and' Goths had been Christian for over a century, and, most of all, displaying ''Rome'' as the capital of the Western Roman Empire while the historical capital was Ravenna - just a few to mention. The katar dagger used by Mira was actually invented more than 1000 years after the setting, and similarly, her fighting style, the Kalaripayattu, wasn't invented until the 11th century.
* AncientRome: Technically still counts, though it covers (in a fictional sense) the final events of its history.
* ArchEnemy: Wulfila to Aurelius. [[spoiler:Vortgyn to Ambrosinus.]]
* AnAxeToGrind: Wulfila.
* AndThisIsFor: [[spoiler:When Romulus finally takes the sword of Caesar and puts it into Wulfilia.]]
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: It's VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory since the the last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire was indeed a boy who did disappear from history. [[spoiler:But then it ends up being a prequel to the [[KingArthur Arthurian legend.]]]]
** Beyond this, numerous details on the nature of the Roman Empire during its twilight years (and for that matter, its hereditary nature or lack thereof) are wrong.
* {{Badass}}: Aurelius. Though he also has shades of ActionSurvivor.
** BadassGrandpa: Ambrosinus is pretty spry for an elderly man, he pulls off Houdini tricks, handles some mooks and even [[spoiler:defeats Vortgyn on his own.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: The eponymous Last Legion.]]
* BigBad: Appears to be Odoacer the Goth, but [[KarmaHoudini he disappears from the plot]] after the heroes give up Rome as lost, and his erstwhile [[TheDragon second-in-command]] Wulflia emerges as the true main villain of the movie.
* TheBigGuy: Batiatus [[ScaryBlackMan might look it]] and he uses a big sword, but he's really a GentleGiant and the best fighter among the heroes is Mira.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Mira's signature weapon is a modified katar dagger.
* BloodlessCarnage: The movie seems to go out of its way to avoid showing blood being spilled, including some rather ugly JumpCuts to other characters reacting to a death when a blow is hit, ''then'' back to the original (now dead) character.
* TheCaptain: Aurelius.
* CoolSword: The sword of JuliusCaesar. Serves as the MacGuffin. [[spoiler: Eventually became Excalibur.]]
* CoolMask: Vortgyn.
* DualWielding: Demetrius uses a pair of swords.
* EvilOverlord: Introduced late in the film - Vortgyn [[spoiler: of Britannia.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: After Rome falls to the Goths, the Senate and an official of the Eastern Roman Empire secretly send people to rescue Romulus and take him to Constantinople. But later they betray the heroes anyway after recognizing Odoacer as legitimate.
* GoingNative: Upon finding a prophecy that leads them to [[spoiler:Britain]], the heroes look for the Ninth Legion, presumably the "last legion" loyal to Rome. But they've settled down as farmers. [[spoiler:What Romulus does in the end. He becomes King Arthur's father.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Ambrosinus has a scar on his chest shaped like a pentacle, which adds to his mysterious air. Vortgyn, who gave him that scar, hides his diseased or burned face behind a gold mask. Wulfila gets his face scarred after Aurelius slams it onto his own axe.
* GracefulLoser: Wulfilia nearly kills Aurelius in the final battle, but knows when to back off when Romulus points the sword of Caesar at his neck. [[spoiler:He even takes the boy into his arms when the sword goes into his heart.]]
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** [[{{Series/GameOfThrones}} Jojen Reed]] is Romulus Augustulus. It's also [[HilariousInHindsight really funny]] when you recognize [[{{Series/GameOfThrones}} Ser Jorah Mormont]] as his dad. [[HilariousInHindsight Even more funny]] when you realize that one of his bodyguards is [[{{Series/GameOfThrones}} Xaro Xhohan Daxos]].
** General Aurelius is none other than [[{{Film/TheKingsSpeech}} King George VI]].
** [[{{Film/Gandhi}} The Mahatma]] is Ambrosinus, aka Merlin.
** [[{{Series/Rome}} Lucius Vorenus]] has gone native as the Gaul Wulfia. His boss is [[{{Film/ChildrenOfMen}} Syd]].
** [[{{Film/BrideAndPrejudice}} Lalita]] knows how to kick ass as the warrior woman Mira.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Happens to both Aurelius and the young Emperor Romulus.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Odoacer, king of the Goths
* InLoveWithYourCarnage: The guys spend a little too much time watching Mira tear through the opposition.
* IronicName: Romulus the last Roman emperor was named after the founder of Rome. TruthInTelevision.
* KeystoneArmy: The bad guys are easily routed once [[spoiler:Ambrosinus waves the golden mask of Vortgyn at them.]]
* KlingonPromotion: Odoacer becomes the ruler of Rome by force.
* LadyOfWar: Mira.
* LastOfHisKind: Aurelius and three men are all that remain of their Legion.
* LostRomanLegion: [[spoiler:The Ninth Legion appears in the movie, as the titular legion]]
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Vatrenus uses a sword and buckler.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Seems to be superstition, legends, and old cults, and maybe just a little bit of good luck, Romulus's mentor Ambrosinus is revealed to be [[spoiler: {{Merlin}} in the last few minutes of the movie. Then again, his only magical act seems to be that he hasn't aged.]]
* TheObiWan: Ambrosinus, looking like an {{Expy}} of Gandalf the White.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Vortygn doesn't appear to have aged a bit since his first clash with a young Ambrosinus.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Aurelius goes by that name for most of the movie, until in one instance he reveals his full name is "Aurelianus Caius Antonius". Huh.
* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/ColinFirth, best known for his romantic comedy and drama roles, as a ancient Roman swashbuckler. Though he ''does'' get reduced to the stammering love interest thanks to Mira.
* PraetorianGuard: Aurelius is the general of the Emperor's bodyguard, comprising a legion. They're not actual Praetorians, though - those were disbanded centuries earlier.
* RaceLift: The Indian warrior Mira was an Italian named Livia Prisca in the original book. It seems like an excuse to cast Creator/AishwaryaRai as an ActionGirl in a historical epic... not that anyone is complaining.
* SamusIsAGirl: The masked assassin they hire to bust out the last Romans? Creator/AishwaryaRai.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Vortgyn is better known as [[spoiler:Vortigern.]]
* SwordAndSandal: Technically counts, albiet it takes place at pretty much the tail end of the timespan that "Sword and Sandal" covers.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The [[spoiler:KingArthur connection]] is revealed ''immediately''.
* YouKilledMyFather: Wulfila killed Romulus's parents.