Pompeii 2014

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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
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DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Pompeii

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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 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 ages_12_and_over
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

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30 of 35 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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41 of 48 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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Format: DVD
A little known fact is that, two thousand years ago, everything was computer generated. In ancient Rome computer generated people lived in computer generated buildings in computer generated cities set against computer generated back-drops. Or at least they did until computer generated disasters befell them.

Or at least it seemed that way if you’ve just watched Pompeii. Wow, there’s a lot of CGI in that film. But then that’s the least if it’s faults. I could have lived with the amount of computer generated sets if it wasn’t for the fact that everything going on in front of it has been done to death a million times.

Someone else described it as ‘Titanic meets Gladiator.’ If only, but I can sort of see where they’re coming from. It’s a completely factually inaccurate account of a British native (I call him ‘Jon Snow’ as I only know his ‘Game of Thrones’ character and he’s basically the same surly loner) whose parents are killed by the (typically horrible) Romans and he’s taken away to be trained as a gladiator for their savage amusement. On his way he just so happens to meet the one rich princess who falls instantly in love with him within ten seconds of their encounter. The only trouble is… she’s only bequeathed to the evil Roman senator responsible for poor ol’ Jon Snow’s family’s demise.

I found it quite hard to believe that, after all this time, that plot line is still being used. It comes across like a Disney film with live actors (and much CGI scenery). It’s not the actors’ fault – they’ve hardly been given an Oscar-worthy script to work with. The plot is predictable and the dialogue just about passable.

But you’re probably not watching it for its deep and meaningful plotline – you just want to see things explode. And they do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Daniels on 17 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Let's be honest here. This film is dreadful. A terrible plot as a baseline for a poor man's version of Gladiator with really low budget CGI. It might entertain you for 90 minutes or so, but you wont be glad you watched it.
What Kiefer Sutherland was doing in this film, I'll never know. He was really out of place.
Don't bother with this film.
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