Revenge and riots for Coriolanus
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 January 2012
ONE of Shakespeare's most treacherous tales of revenge and riots is brought to the big screen by Ralph Fiennes tomorrow (Fri), in the film Coriolanus (15).
In his directorial debut, Fiennes takes the lead role of Coriolanus, one of Rome’s most beloved war heroes who is returning home.
Although the city’s people love him, he has no time for them which they in turn eventually learn. Manipulated and out-manoeuvred by politicians and even his own mother Volumnia, he is ultimately banished when his hatred of the people sparks chaos and riots, which in turn sets off his plan for revenge.
As his ambition to get even on the city that rejected him grows he is even prepared to join forces with his mortal enemy, Tullus Aufidius, played by Gerard Butler, who is intent on destroying the Roman capital.
But Coriolanus is about to find out if he can trust his enemy to put the past behind him in this deadly struggle for power.