**********Warning the following article may contain spoilers. You have been Warned!*******************
A slave turned gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.
First off I am not even going to talk about the historical inaccuracies of this movie. For those that know me personally know that I have a love for Roman history. So I could spend a whole post talking about those inaccuracies or invite a good friend of mine who has done extensive research in this area but I won’t do that. I am going to try to focus on the movie in general.
So lets kick this off. This movie has been getting labeled “Titanic with a Volcano” and I have to say that is pretty damn accurate assessment for this movie. First and foremost we know that the volcano explodes we know that it killed nearly every person in the area, these are all facts so if you are going into this movie rooting for people to live you are going to be sadly disappointed.
If you are going into this movie thinking that you are going to see a historical movie detailing the days leading up the the destruction of Pompeii you will also be disappointed. Pompeii and 99% of the citizens are only background noise for the story of Milo (Kit Harington) and Cassia (Emily Browning). Milo is the last of the Celtic Horse Men that got slaughtered by the Romans who were lead by Senator Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland). Milo survives but then gets picked up by slavers and of course gets trained up to be a gladiator and not just any gladiator but one of the best at least in Britannia and this leads to him getting sent to Pompeii for the games being held there. En route to Pompeii Milo helps out Cassia who is on her way back home from spending a year in Rome with her slave Ariadne (Jessica Lucas) and of course it is love at first site. And this is pretty much the whole movie, we flash back and forth between Milo preparing for the games that are happening within two days. Then we flash to Cassia who is dealing with her family and the unwanted attention of Senator Corvus who has designs of his own for Cassia and Pompeii. And when I say that is it that is it people this storyline is so thin and boring that they through some action into it to try to keep the mens attention throughout this movie but even that doesn’t help it out.
And sorry to tell you but this movie is PG – 13 so if you are looking for eye candy moments you are not going to find them in here either. Their is no nudity or love scene to be had in this movie.
And Paul W.S. Anderson wants to make sure you realize this movie is about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius so he gives you all these cut aways of the Volcano in the background so it never leaves your mind that no matter what happens in this story this volcano is going to blow up and bring everything crashing down on these people.
I really wish I could give you some positives in this movie but I can’t. Maybe if you are looking for a mind numbing film with the bare minimum of action and love story then this might be for you. Or if your girl wants to see a semi romantic movie with a killer ending go for it but I for one can’t warn you enough to not waste your money on this film.
Release Date: 21 February 2014
Rating: PG – 13
Run Time: 105 mins
Paul W.S. Anderson
Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler, Julian Fellowes, and Michael Robert Johnson (screenplay)
Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland