Film Review – Pompeii Directed by – Paul W.S. Anderson
Release Date March 20th 2014.
Billed as a Titanic for “lavas” of action, this partly silly and mainly epic SFX fest is hugely enjoyable for fans of history-based TV shows like Spartacus: Blood & Sand or HBO’s short-lived Rome.
Game of Thrones heart-throb Jon Snow – Kit Harrington, is shrewdly cast as Milo – a slave turned gladiator, who after watching his entire clan of “horse-people” be massacred at the hands of marauding Romans as a child, has a core to settle with the barbaric brute Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland)
With the two males vying for the attention of Pompeii’s resident hottie Cassia (Emily Browning), the drama focuses on relationships and power, all the while using the increasingly unsettled volcano as a menacing backdrop.
I expected a movie about a volcano erupting and killing everyone.
Instead Anderson wisely chooses to leave the catastrophic events for dessert, allowing the appetiser and main meal to comprise of Milo’s valiant attempts to stay alive in the newly built colosseum, and the relationships he forges with fellow slave warrior Atticus – impressively played by the enormous Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor, Lost, Oz).
Savvy casting all round including Sutherland as the sadistic Roman Senator, Jared Harris (Mad Men) as Cassia’s father Severus and Carrie-Anne Moss as Severus’s wife Aurelia lend their experience and ability to make this achievement greater than the sum of it’s parts.
Mostly high quality in 3D apart from some areas where the action felt a little dark, I was on the edge of my seat from the first frame until the last red-hot moment.
If you can stomach a good dose of cheese, you’ll be able to enjoy a veritable feast of entertainment with, a little history thrown in for garnish.
3 & ½ Stars.