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Set in the days leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, a slave on a ship heading for Naples works to get home to save the woman he loves and his best friend, a gladiator trapped inside the city's coliseum.

Starring:
Kit Harington, Emily Browning
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Pompeii

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss
Director Paul W.S. Anderson
Genres Romance
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 15 September 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature to_be_announced
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss
Director Paul W.S. Anderson
Genres Romance
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 15 September 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature to_be_announced
Runtime 1 hour 44 minutes
Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning
Director Paul W.S. Anderson
Genres Romance
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 15 September 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 6 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
There was a lot more effort put into this film than I had anticipated. Paul W.S. Anderson tries his hardest to give us a full old-school historical epic complete with stylish cinematography and some inventive camera angles. Unfortunately, the material he chooses to invent would have given the cheesiest of '50s epics pause. A young gladiator's family was killed by an evil Roman senator and now he seeks revenge. A young noblewoman falls in love with him but she is forcibly engaged to the same evil and lustful senator, who wants her only because she has refused him. About the only thing missing to make this identical to the worst of the melodramatic 19th century melodrama that it seems to be imitating is the tragic tale of persecuted Christians. It certainly has the tiresome wholesomeness that you can only find in '50s epic or Christian made-for-TV movies.

This outdated content mixes poorly with the modern style with which the story is told. So at the climax of the terrible love story where you might expect a low end gladiatorial revolt or heroic rescue we get instead a remake of the scenes from Gladiator. Instead of a final showdown with the villain featuring fancy swordplay we get a chariot race through the center of town. Cliches like the villain kidnapping the heroine are reduced to even greater absurdity when they're combined with such destructive imagery, since now his narcissism seems nonsensical given that he is willing to die just to ensure his petty grudge does not get lost. And a character like Milo, who is basically the same revenge-driven angry man as Maximus from Gladiator, seems completely out of place as the self-righteous 50s patronizing heroic type.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J. Bond on 11 May 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I saw this film at the cinema yesterday and enjoyed it so much that I've now ordered it from Amazon. I disagree with the negative reviews here and can only say that I found the acting perfectly adequate, the script workmanlike, the music outstanding, the costumes and staging impressive, the gladiatorial scenes sufficiently violent and credible and the special effects of the volcano's eruption highly convincing. I am not a scholar of Roman history so cannot say to what extent the film is faithful to the facts, but this is supposed to be entertainment not a history lesson and, to that extent, it succeeds exceptionally well. One reviewer criticizes the film for supposedly showing the gladiators' arena being destroyed by the volcano whereas, in fact, it survives to this day but, in fact, the film only shows it being damaged by the eruption, not destroyed as alleged, so it is faithful to the facts in this respect. I saw this film after it had run at our cinema for a week, yet the auditorium was full to near capacity, which would not have been the case if it had been damned by word of mouth. The only reason I am not awarding the film five stars is because -as can be seen from the posters- the actor portraying the leading male character is no Russel Crowe -he's too young for the role, sports a tousle of hair more reminiscent of the 1970s than the Roman period and quite frankly, looks like a biceps-challenged wimp out of physical scale with the manly gladiators and Roman soldiers he too easily dispatches in battle. You can't have everything.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kirsty Grant on 26 May 2014
Format: DVD
To start off, I thoroughly enjoyed Pomepeii, which is what I film is supposed to do. I am also a student studying ancient history and classical archeology, so I feel like I have a right to comment on the accuracy of the film, unlike many of the negative reviews on here.

The film makers perfectly recreated the city of Pompeii based on photography they took from the remains of the town, so A+ for going the extra mile as far as I'm concerned! The 3D effects worked very well and I actually saw someone in the cinema duck out the way from flaming debris!

The acting was very good and I'm very pleased with the casting choice. I also like the opening scene set in Britannia, showing the origins of the main male protagonist Milo. The story line was a bit predictable, but over all still enjoyable.

As far as accuracy is concerned, it's a Hollywood film. Of course it's not going to be completely accurate. Get over it. The film makers exaggerated the effects of the volcano to highlight the disaster and make a more dramatic film. In truth, only about 2000 people out of 20,000 died in Pompeii. Whereas in the film it looks like everyone does. The also combined the devastation of Herculaneum and Pomepeii, again, to make a more dramatic film.

All in all I loved it and would definitely recommend it to friends. And to those who insist on moaning about the accuracy: go and watch a documentary, not a film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By movieman on 4 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
had this movie some time now on bluray, as it came out in america way before the u.k got it,, and it,s a very good movie, the picture and sound are excellent, and the soundtrack, by clinton shorter, is one of the best of any movie i,ve ever seen and i,ve seen a lot.. but what a let down that it has been realeased in it,s cut 12a version not the fault of the bbfc but the fault of eone the distributor why they did,nt do an uncut 15 for bluray is incomprehensible and i would normally say get the uncut version from america but it,s coded REGION A,, so if you don,t have a mutiregion bluray player and you want this film your stuck with the cut version BUT all may not be lost,,check out the german or french release via amazon they might have the uncut..Imortals in europe was uncut i got the german no probs with language as they usually carry the original language...all in all a awful effort by eone,,bet there,s no commentary like there is on the us bluray..4 stars for the movie ,zero stars for the disc presentation..
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