Robin Hood is filled with action scenes, battles and betrayals. None of which are in keeping with the traditional story or a quality film.
In this version, the sheriff of Nottingham (Ben Mandelsohn) not only collects taxes, he has a deal with the Arabs that helps him to become richer. He also gives a speech early on warning that Arabs are coming to take over England and destroy Christianity. Sounds familiar.
Robin who is in love with Marian (Eve Hewson) is drafted, he gets his draft notice delivered to his very posh castle and he is off to the Middle East. There he becomes allied with Little John (Jamie Foxx) but is reported dead and Marian connects with another guy. Un explained how but he survives and he and Little John end up back in England. All they need now is Friar Tuck (Tim Minchin) as an ally to begin a revolt against the evil sheriff.
While Otto Bathurst sets battle scenes he does not have a script that connects the segments of action. The dialogue is drab and the lovers are forced back together when her present consort sees the kissing as she pulls an arrow out of hero Robin.
The opening battle scene if filled with automatic bow and arrow mechanized equipment which probably had no thought existing at the time of Robin Hood. I suspect all of that whistling as the arrows flow are for the sound editors to add to the action of the pillboxes from which the bad guys fire down on the crusaders. It looks and sounds more like WWII without guns than early England at the time of the battles to take over the middle east.
Robin Hood, is filled with action signifying nothing.