Jon Snow from Game of Thrones is in this…….. oh and there is a volcano.
Okay but seriously …..
Of course, this is a movie set in the days leading up to the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The movie opens with the words of Pliny the Younger who lived across the water from Pompeii and was a documented eye witness to one of history’s great moments.
As a young boy, Milo (Harrington) was left for dead in his native Britannia after the Romans, lead by the quite horrible Corvus (Sutherland), slaughtered his entire village. He was found alone and sheltering from the weather by slave traders and as he grew, was trained as a gladiator in the city of Londinium (London). He was known as The Celt (gleaned from his tribal heritage of celtic horsemen) and was not only popular with the crowds but a skilled gladiator whose talents were wasted in the provinces. He was quickly shipped off to Pompeii to make his owner rich.
During the journey to Pompeii, he assists a young noblewoman Cassia (Browning) and the attraction between them is immediate. They meet again in the town when he and the other gladiators are displayed for the noble women to buy for the evening. I assume they are bought to help lift heavy furniture or paint a wall…….something like that.
Milo has arrived in Pompeii during an annual celebration and so must compete in the arena as a gladiator. He befriends the experienced and much feared Atticus (Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who needs one more kill to be freed and thus taunts the younger man that he will be the kill that will make him a free man. But this is not to be as the mountain begins to grumble and life will forever change for everyone in Pompeii.
As fate would have it, the evil Corvus who ordered the murder of Milo’s family, is now a Senator of Rome and has come courting the hand of the young noble Cassia. Her parents Aurelia (Moss) and Severus (Haris) are wealthy citizens and are looking for Rome to invest in Pompeii which is a simple resort town. They had not factored in the negotiation of their daughter’s hand in marriage as well. Neither Cassia nor her parents wish her to marry Corvus. These are not happy days for anyone.
As the day wears on, the mountain starts to erupt and it is only when the arena starts to fall apart that the townsfolk, seemingly used to the mountain talking, realise they are in real danger and attempt to flee. Of course, its too late to flee. We all know what happens, the evidence remains today.
Basically, Pompeii is a first century disaster movie. It has all the elements…….an erupting volcano, a brooding hero, the brooding hero’s sidekick, the damsel in distress, the damsel’ s well meaning but doomed bestie, a run for their lives, another run for their lives……..then ultimate escape and happily ever after for our starry eyed lovers.
Or maybe not …..
If you like disaster movies….and I LOVE them…..this is a movie for you. The plot is full of holes and weak to say the least but so what. And yeah it dragged along in places. And yeah the gladiators were very articulate and philosophical for slaves. I’m not judging but……well you know.
It’s good fun and it was a bit fabulous in 3D. And we know how I feel about 3D. But all that ash and those lava rocks being spewed out by the angry volcano…… totally worth seeing in 3D.
Oh ….. there is always this……
Yeah just buy the bloody ticket and enjoy 😛
Love Flick xx
Director : Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring : Kit Harrington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris, Dylan Schombing
Running Time : 105 minutes
Release Date : 20 March, 2014