Ralph Fiennes turns director for this dark, modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's most obscure tragedy. Fiennes plays a Roman general who fights off some rebels, becomes a hero and then finds himself held up for political office. It all goes to hell (mostly because he's a prick), and soon our hotheaded protagonist is vowing revenge against all Rome. There's some good acting here—Gerard Butler, Brian Cox, Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Redgrave and James Nesbitt are among the supporting cast. The script (by Gladiator scribe John Logan) strips away a lot of the dialogue to make room for some high-caliber action movie bloodletting amid Willy the Shake's hard-to-decipher poetry. But the problem remains the basic plot, which lacks sympathetic characters and a compelling story arc.122 minutes R.