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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

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
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
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
Studio E1 Films
Rental release 15 September 2014
Main languages English

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By izzy33 on 19 Dec. 2015
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
This is not how any of that worked. The mountain didn't conveniently stop billowing ash in specific places so Jon Snow could listen to war memorial music and kiss some random bird. They would all have been dead within minutes. If you decide for some reason that all your characters in Pompeii should have upper class period drama British accents, Jack Bauer is not your man. He cannot do a British accent. The evil guys literally haven't aged at all in 17 years since they killed young Jon Snow's family. The CGI is terrible. There is zero character development. Jon Snow does have great abs though.
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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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Action packed, great special effects.
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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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The good points: the re-creation of the town of Pompeii was very good. even down to the raised stepping stones in the road. I enjoyed the story but the film was ruined for me by the tsunami which didn't happen. I realise this was just a fictional story but to change history so much seems unnecessary
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Amazing I think it's really good
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Enjoyed this film as I like a film that keeps you interested and also that is watchable again.
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Well paced with interesting dialogue and action throughout and with a bit of romance thrown in... Some artistic license with the actual destruction of the town; for example, where was the incessant fall of pumice that resembled snowfall? Whatever, it was a great film.
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