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:
Kiefer Sutherland, Kit Harington
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Product Details

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
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
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

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

107 of 122 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Pompeii' a 'Mediterranean' Jewel of the vast and indeed all powerful 'Roman Empire'
It's residents totally unaware of the danger close by, the year is 79 A.D.
Seventeen years earlier a young boy 'Milo' see's his parents butchered by order of
'Roman' Centurion 'Corvus's (Kiefer Sutherland) Legionnaires, their paths will cross again.
'Milo' the only survivor of his village, is found then sold on to the Romans, he grows up
in 'Londinium' becoming a formidable force in the Gladiatorial arena.
Admired by spectators the Gladiator 'Milo' (Kit Harington) is taken to 'Pompeii' to entertain
eager spectators of the important Roman City.
Early on, there are signs that go unheeded by 'Pompeii's' inhabitants unknowing of what
is yet to come.
Meanwhile the arena is being prepared for the Gladiatorial games to honour their illustrious
visitor, now, Senator, 'Corvus'
After an incident 'Milo' becomes scheduled to face 'Pompeii's' champion 'Atticus' (Adewale
Akinnuoye-Agbaje) in the Gladiatorial finally of the Games, victory would mean freedom by
Roman-Law for 'Atticus'
However there becomes a change in the schedule, 'Milo' and 'Atticus' along with a handful
of fellow Gladiators are pitted against overwhelming odds in a re-enactment of 'Corvus's
celebrated victory over the 'Celts' 17 years or so ago.
'Milo' and 'Atticus' walk away victorious, however after an outburst by 'Milo' 'Corvus' orders
his bodyguard 'The Champion of Rome' to kill 'Milo' - however an inconvenient interruption
to proceedings occurs, 'Mount Vesuvius' begins to erupt, all hell breaks loose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ernest on 4 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Fairly enjoyable action film, with several rip offs from Gladiator (which is a much better film). However this is more suitable for a younger audience then Gladiator as it is faster paced with less blood and guts. Having recently been to Pompeii it was interesting to see how the film makers have interpreted the city based on the ruins
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Brilliant. If you liked 2012 you will probably lap it up; all special effects and no substance.

Caution - plot summarised in 7 lines below, wouldn't worry too much mind, you'll have sussed it all out in the first 15 mins in anyway...

I can't be too sure what the point of the plot actually was, perhaps to bide time until Vesuvius bothered to erupt? It seems to be something along the lines of... bloke sees his family murdered, gets captured, sold as a slave, gets into a fight with big tough Roman guy, gets locked in a cell with black savage slave gladiator who's about to be freed if he can only win the next fight tomorrow (everything is about 'tomorrow', hmm, with the title of Pompeii you can only guess what will be happening...). Somewhat predictably new slave bloke and savage gladiator guy become the best of friends over night and find themselves chained up and having to fight Roman army instead of each other. Shock horror... They join forces and win! But only for the mountain to erupt and destroy them all... Imagine the school play version of Gladiator but with fireballs, throw into the mix a poorly constructed political sub plot, an unbelievable Catherine Cooksonesque romance story line and you have the film.

On a positive, it gets two stars for the unintentional hilarity and the entertainment that is Kiefer Sutherland's 'British' accent.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Blakemore on 19 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Director Paul W.S. Anderson had a daunting task on his hands in his desire to re-create the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Rome's second city, Pompeii. After all, Pompeii was – is – vast. I was fortunate enough to visit the ruins of Pompeii some years ago, and it remains an unforgettable memory. I spent an entire day walking along the ruined streets and marvelling at the cracked and faded frescoes, and really only scratched the surface of the slumbering giant. To please me and the many others who have gazed upon Pompeii's shattered splendour, Paul Anderson had some work on his hands. Thankfully, the film does not disappoint.
The films 1080p transfer onto a single 50GBdisc is stunning. A faultless pallet of colours – rich reds, cold blues and satisfying skin tones – makes for a totally absorbing experience. The rendering of AD79 Pompeii is equally impressive, with detail you just want to reach out and touch. Rough-plastered walls featuring meticulously researched frescoes, impressive red-tiled roofs and an azure ocean you just want to dive into, brings that ancient city to breathless life. It was wholly satisfying to see stepping stones upon which I had once stood to take photographs, and avenues leading around the arena upon which I had walked, all recognisable and all perfectly represented. Pompeii lives once again and resonates in glorious high definition. Unfortunately, that can not be said with equal sincerity about the leading actors in this sword and sandal disaster movie.
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