Pompeii | Direct Movies


March 9th, 2014



A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 6.4/10 (2,135 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland

Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

Writers: Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler

Kit Harington - Milo
Carrie-Anne Moss - Aurelia
Emily Browning - Cassia
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Atticus
Jessica Lucas - Ariadne
Jared Harris - Severus
Joe Pingue - Graecus
Kiefer Sutherland - Corvus
Currie Graham - Bellator
Dylan Schombing - Young Milo
Maxime Savaria - Biggest Thracian
Ron Kennell - The Weasel
Tom Bishop Sr. - Cassia's Carriage Driver
Rebecca Eady - Milo's Mother
Sasha Roiz - Proculus

Taglines: No warning. No escape.


Official Website: Official site [Germany] | Official Tumblr

Country: USA, Germany, Canada

Language: English

Release Date: 21 February 2014

Filming Locations: Cinespace Film Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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User Review


Rating: 7/10

I would want to say that this film feels different, yet somehow it felt familiar. The film felt different thanks to the climactic volcanic eruption, which added an extra dimension to the final act, yet in every other minor plot detail, it felt as if I've seen the act many times before. Overall, though, it is a joy to watch, despite the minor flaws throughout the film.

One strong point in which I enjoy the film were the action sequences, which mostly are very practical sword fights, that turns out to be quite fun and enjoyable with the fast & swift hits. And then throughout the end, the suspense of the danger can be felt, which I attribute mostly to the decent soundtrack. Soundtracks which are supportive towards the appropriate situation is always a great thing to have. And while the visual effects were not perfect, it didn't really matter in terms of the overall experience.

Yet the film is dragged down by minor flaws along the way. There was no humour in the mix, and while there is no deep emotional drama as well, at least I can still feel for the character. There are times where I felt that the scenes were not supposed to happen yet, although in the end, I could at least care about what's going to happen to these characters. And the closing scenes were too abrupt, where they could instead have added some finishing lines/quotes or maybe give some aftermath/future scenes. These minor details kind of let down what would otherwise be a solid thrilling disaster film.


Good: Great action sequences, Decent soundtrack & suspense

Bad: No humour, Lack of emotional touches, Abrupt ending, (Minor flaws)

SCORE: 7.0



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