Gladiator (2000)

Gladiator (2000)
  • Time: 155 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen


Gladiator is an epic film of love, death and betrayal set in the Roman Empire. General Maximus’ success in battle earns the favour of an elderly Emperor at the expense of the Emperor’s son. In a fit of jealous rage the son slays his father before turning his anger towards Maximus. Now reduced to a slave, his family dead, Maximus must fight as a Gladiator to gain his freedom, and his revenge.


  • Great acting, great soundtrack, great directing, great action. This movie has it all. Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix offer us stunning and masterful performances. Russell is brilliant in his role, no question about it, but the one who really did a great job was Joaquin Phoenix. The battles in the Colyseum are awesome, especially the Cartago battle.The whole movie is a rush! Hans Zimmer provides the absolute perfect score to capture the different moods in the movie. Ridley Scott sets the perfect tone with his artistic and creative directing. I would recommend it to anyone who can stomach intensity and enjoy an epic story for the ages. An epic movie.

  • There stands a line of men fitted with armor, swords drawn, and fire in their eyes. Then a man rides by on a horse. This man is Maximus (Crowe), the general of the Roman Empire in the land of Germania. Soon, an army of hostile men covered in animal skins emerges from the forest tree line. The man upon the horse puts his helmet on, and with a booming voice, simply says, “Unleash hell”. Not longer after the first sword is swung and first arrow taken from its quiver that the Romans taste the spoils of victory. Rome has expanded into Germania, and it is said that Maximus shall soon be the ruler of the empire.
    Just when the great Maximus was believed to take the throne of Rome, Commodus (Phoenix), the son of the dying Emperor, murders his father and assumes as the bloodline heir. When Maximus returns, he finds his family killed, and he knows that it was at Commodus’ order. Later on, he becomes a gladiator, and although he does not appreciate the bloodthirsty nature of be a gladiator, he uses his military expertise and cunning. In a small amount of time, he has become the most powerful and most loved gladiator in all of Rome, and he has ascended to the ultimate stage: before the viewing box of the man who ordered the killing of his family.

    This movie is one of the finest movies in what is commonly known as the “Sword and Sandal” movie genre; alongside films like Ben-Hur, Braveheart, and 300. It has everything that I look for in a great film: great camerawork, top-notch acting, universal themes, and realistic action sequences. Obviously, I am not the only person who saw this film this way, as it was nominated for twelve Oscars, and it won five (Leading Actor for Crowe, Picture, Costume, Visual Effects, and Sound). Even though it does contain R-rated gladiatorial action sequences, there is much more to the movie than what occurs in the Coliseum. It tells a great story, and it is undoubtedly one of my favorite films of the 21st century.

    If you’re comfortable with violence of this nature, I HIGHLY recommend this movie!

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