A slave-turned-gladiator must save his beloved as Mount
Vesuvius erupts and Pompeii crumbles around him.
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Written by Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler,
Michael Robert Johnson
Starring Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris,
Joe Pingue, Kiefer Sutherland
What should have been a rousing adventure that also details one of history's most tragic events, this turned out to be a boring, dull film. A large part of this had to do with horrendous dialogue, editing, and no sense of pace.
Most of the actors do a surprisingly decent job, even with the horrid lines of dialogue they say. Kit Harington does his best in the lead role and I hope to see him in better movies later. Kiefer Sutherland tries to be a good villain, but his accent is amazingly distracting. It sounds weird and makes him stick out like a sore thumb. The film is also edited in a way where it just will randomly jump to a new scene. This really disconnects you from the film.
There are some positives to be had. Once Mount Vesuvius erupts, the film really picks up the pace finally. The eruption and total destruction of Pompeii is well handled and a sight to watch. Pompeii tries hard to be both a riveting disaster film and touching love story. It fails pretty much on both accounts, with the former working slightly better. I really can't find anything about this film to recommend it to anyone.