Pompeii FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
TriStar, Impact Pictures, FilmDistrict, Constantin Film Production and Don Carmody Productions present a 105 minute, PG-13, action, adventure, drama, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson , written by Janet Scott Batchler and Lee Batchler with a theater release date of February 21, 2014.
In the darkness some may pray for death but many wonder where are the Gods. A.D. 62 in Northern Britannia there is a rebellion on the Celtic Horse Tribes as Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland), Proculus (Sasha Roiz) and their men kill an entire village. One boy, the sole survivor, a young Milo (Dylan Schombing) looks on as his parents and friends are all brutally murdered.
Seventeen years later, A.D. 79, Milo (Kit Harington) known to most as the “Celt” has become a man but also a slave, made into a Gladiator to fight in an arena for his survival. He and many others are chained and led to Pompeii where they will once again fight to their deaths for the enjoyment of the people. Along the journey when a young royal, Cassia (Emily Browning) and her maiden Ariadna (Jessica Lucas) have a problem with a horse Milo and Cassia first lay eyes upon each other knowing that they will once again meet. A similar story line evolves here to that of a young rich girl and a poor boy as in the movie blockbuster “Titanic”. Cassia is returning from Rome to be with her parents who rule Pompeii, Aurelia (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Severus (Jared Harris).
Milo soon befriends a Gladiator champion among champions, Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who he knows he will need to fight to the finish in the arena. Atticus fights for his freedom and Milo for his life and new found love but both men know they are worthy of the win. Once Senator Corvus arrives to Pompeii he not only discovers his hatred from the people but that from the rulers including Cassia who he knew while in Rome. Cassia has fallen in love with Milo, Corvus wants Cassia but she wants nothing to do with him but once Corvus finds out about the possible love between slave Milo and Cassia he arranges for the death of Milo in the arena. A fight that no man no matter how worthy could win, although little does Senator Corvus along with the entire population of Pompeii know that Mount Vesuvius will be the battle that no man, woman, child or animal will actually win.
I absolutely enjoyed this film from the direction, writing, acting, music, 3D, special effects, costumes and overall look of the film. I mean yes there are a few awkward moments in the dialogue but very few in my mind in a story that contains, brutal battles, ripped ab Gladiators, war of words, a torturous leader, drama, action, romance and history. The film takes a few liberties with history but overall one must keep in mind it is a movie made for the big screen to entertain as well as educate a bit but more so entertain. This film does exactly that and more making it a must see at the box office. Instead of a sinking ship this time we have a disastrous erupting volcano.
As for the cast they all were great. Sutherland was villainous and his side kick Roiz a true monster but Harington takes the crown for pulling off a great physique and proving that even up against a man like Akinnuoye-Agbaje he can kick butt, both of these actors are magnificent on screen together. Moss and Harris play the parents well but it is their on screen daughter, Browning, that proves she can pull off being a leading lady showing her fragile yet tough demeanor when needed for her role. Lucas who is a true beauty almost over-powers Browning with her looks but also does a nice job as her true friend throughout the story, right down to her somewhat dramatic ending. Overall I loved this film from start to finish it may not be 100% accurate about the events in Italy at that time but it sure made for a very superb disaster film worth spending money at the box office for at a theater near you opening weekend. I plan to buy this one on DVD as well. Written and enjoyed for a great volcanic ride with three paws out of four, I’m Jon Patch.
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