Pompeii (2014)

Pompeii (2014)
  • Time: 102 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama
  • Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Cast: Emily Browning, Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kiefer Sutherland


Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.


  • “Pompeii” is quite an enjoyable time. I went in the cinema expecting a complete dud of a film, but I came out surprised at how much I had underrated the film. Inspite of the poster and trailer of the film failing to impress, the performances are great, and the action was extremely entertaining. The effects and directing were top-notch, especially after the volcano eruption commences. However, the film doesn’t have a great storyline and it does have that ‘fake’ factor which involves every other person dying and the main hero surviving through all the circumstances. Also, a gentle reminder about how the first half of the film is rough copy of “Gladiator” and the second half is a direct copy of “Titanic”.

    A special mention about the 3D effects of the film. It truly is worth its price, because it just enhances the whole experience of the film, and adds to the enjoyable factor of the film.

    In conclusion, inspite of its flaws, Pompeii is quite a good film. Don’t go in expecting the best movie of 2014, and go in with an underrated opinion of the film, like I did, and promise that you’ll have a great time.

  • This is an hour and forty five minutes of my life I’ll never get back. This is every other ‘historical fiction’ movie (titanic, gladiator, etc) with a different disaster in the background. It had absolutely nothing to do with Pompeii at all, really, and could have taken place anywhere in ‘historical Italy’. The characters were transparent, and throughout the movie I’d wondered if they asked the lead to ‘act like Christian Bale in Batman’ (those guttural whispers throughout). Near the end, I thought, maybe it’s not that bad. Then I saw the ending. I was wrong. It is that bad. The only good part of this was the special effects, otherwise, I could have saved ten dollars. I would have felt ripped off even watching this on TV.

  • I never thought I’d say this, especially after understanding the story, seeing the trailer and the bad ratings the movie got, but – Pompeii really isn’t that bad. If we also keep in mind that it was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, who directed stuff like Alien vs. Predator and the Resident Evil movies, it might be even more surprising that this, mostly ignored and avoided, February release actually turned out to be fairly good. Of course, Pompeii is predictable and its many flaws will make you laugh quite often, but that shouldn’t be a bad thing. Yes, the movie fails when it tries to create drama and the audience laughs instead, but at least it’s not boring. It’s just frustrating if you expect it to be historically accurate.

    Pompeii is about a Celt named Milo (Kit Harington), whose horsemen tribe is slaughtered by the Romans when he’s very young and, left alone, is taken as slave by a group of men. First of all: you call an ancient Celt Milo? Seriously? Why can’t people just google “ancient Celtic names”, pick one from that list and avoid cutting such a poor figure? And yes, I am aware (and I already said) that this movie isn’t historically accurate, but this thing with the name really bothered me. Anyway, as he grows up, Milo becomes a gladiator in ancient London, where the slave owner Graecus (Joe Pingue) sees him fight and decides to buy and take him to Pompeii. There Milo meets a rich patrician, Cassia (Emily Browning), by accident, and they fall in love instantly, but an evil and corrupt Senator (Kiefer Sutherland) wants to marry her instead.

    Many have noticed (as it’s not really subtle) that Pompeii reminds of Titanic a lot. Just like in Titanic, here the disaster is just the background for a love story involving a rich girl and a poor boy who can’t be together. The love between Milo and Cassia would have benefited from more screen time: it’s difficult to believe in love at first sight if the first meeting lasts 2 minutes and only a few words are spoken, and two of them meet only once after that, before the volcano erupts. Also, since the movie is mostly about Milo and Cassia and their relationship, it’s strange that much more time has been put into developing the relationship between cellmates and fellow gladiators – Milo and Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Still, it was pretty well done, especially thanks to the good performances of the two actors.

    The rest of the cast was good, too, and none of the actors delivered a horrible performance. The main problem with this movie was the dialogue: very basic, repetitive, filled with cliches and oscillating between ridiculous and cringe worthy – just like some scenes, that were supposed to be dramatic but left me laughing. The CGI was all right, and perhaps it’s worth paying more to see Pompeii in 3D, since its focus is almost exclusively on action, but I can’t really tell since I didn’t see it in 3D. All in all, I’m not sure I’d recommend Pompeii. It’s one of those movies you can watch on TV, one evening, if you have nothing better to do. It will entertain – if you can withstand the bad dialogue and overall ridiculousness – but won’t teach you anything about the true tragedy and how it all really happened.

    Rating: 6/10

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  • “Pompeii” gave me from start to finish the feeling: “I have seen this before.” There was nothing new about this movie. It felt like “Gladiator”, but in a bad way.
    This in itself is not the worst thing, but the main story is very lame, little detailed, not very credible and the side stories are even worse. Each new development was very predictable and did not take me into the “world of Pompeii”. The acting quality matched the story’s and that added to the feeling of “isn’t this over already”, because none of the characters are remotely convincing in their role. It doesn’t help either that the costumes look cheap. Many of the padding scenes lack cinematic quality completely. The CG special effects are this movie’s only redeeming factor. As unrealistic as most of the events are, they do look convincing. The bits that get you excited when watching the trailer hold up on the big screen.
    Overall, if you are easily bothered by sub par acting, uninspired storytelling or a ridiculous plot you would do best to avoid “Pompeii” altogether!

  • “Only death is freedom for a gladiator.”

    The movie “Pompeii” isn’t really a disaster. Of course, it is not in favor of this film that the unraveling is already known in advance. So it’s not so that you are going to look up surprised as the end credits are scrolling over the screen and you look stunned at the screen, stammering and muttering in yourself “Damn, I really didn’t see this coming !”. If you are going to enumerate the disaster movies, you get a long list . Of course, the content of such films is already known in advance. In “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Titanic” the ships in the respective films run into some trouble. In “Twister”, the twisters made a mess. “2012” was about the year 2012 when the world is experiencing a major flood. “Earthquake” was, you’ll never believe it, about a huge earthquake and the aftermath. And recently, “The Impossible” shows a realistic picture of the 2004 tsunami that flooded Thailand. There is in other words not a disaster in the world where there is no film about .

    I suppose that anybody who reads the title and looks at the movie poster immediately realizes that the main subject of this film is the eruption of Vesuvius in the year 79. An eruption that caused the city of Pompeii, a prosperous town with all the utilities , infrastructures and wealth, was covered with a meter thick layer of ash. This fact alone is not much to fill a 100-minute film. The success of this film depends on the ancillary stories that are spun around it. But in the end the perception of a disaster movie such as “Pompeii” is like a porn movie. Nobody cares about a decent storyline in such a movie. Usually, it absolutely makes no sense at all. About performances we won’t make much fuss. The important thing is that it has an attractive and appetizing appearance. It’s then just waiting for the action to start and we witness a discharge in ecstasy where each slit,cavern and hole is filled with a hot substance. This movie is “almost” similar.

    The side story is twofold. The story of the surviving Celtic Milo (Kit Harington) who lives as a slave in London, where he fights in kind of arena battles in the slums and finally ends up in Pompeii to deliver a heroic battle against the giant gladiator, Atticus. The second part comprises a romantic theme. Cassia (Emily Browning), the daughter of a wealthy developer in Pompeii, falls in love with this muscled barbarian. She finds herself also in a difficult situation because she might be forced into a marriage with the cruel, corrupt senator Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland) who arrived with a regiment in Pompeii to inspect the building plans.

    Eventually, it wasn’t the storyline I disliked. It’s not that bad. Even the corny love story. It’s an impossible love since the gap between their origin is so unbridgeable. The gladiator part and the eruption of the Vesuvius guarantees this being an action packed film and was quite enjoyable to watch.
    What really bothered me were sometimes the terribly exaggerated situations that arose.
    Pompeii wasn’t founded at the foot of Vesuvius. It was miles away from it. That’s also the reason why it was excavated in such good condition. There were no lava floods and there weren’t rocks catapulted on it. Pompeii was covered by a layer of ash caused by a pyroclastic cloud. But then again, it looked damn spectacular in this way.

    I suppose Milo also has well-developed calf muscles, because the distance between the arena and the villa where Cassia was imprisoned was huge.
    The tsunami that followed the eruption, was abruptly stopped after a boat was crammed into the gate of the city wall. So ridiculous.
    And it’s totally stupid to assume that you can escape a pyroclastic cloud riding a horse.

    “Pompeii” still was action-packed and a sparkling sandals movie where the graphics of the catastrophe were sometimes excellent but not realistic visualized. A mix of “Gladiator” and any known love story about an impossible love, finished with a bit of “The horse whisperer” and “Dante’s Peak”. The love story didn’t quite appeal to me. The gladiator/action/disaster part did. From the opening scene of the massacre of a tribe of Celts by the Romans and the fights between gladiators in the arena, to the devastating eruption of Vesuvius with a mass hysteria as a result. The feeling that I had however, was as going to look at a grand fireworks : it ends with a huge, impressive blast that resonates for a long time in your ears, and the next day you already forgot what color and shape it was. A storm in a teacup. BOOM!

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