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 -
Carrie-Anne Moss -
Emily Browning -
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje -
Jessica Lucas -
Jared Harris -
Joe Pingue -
Kiefer Sutherland -
Currie Graham -
Dylan Schombing -
Maxime Savaria -
Ron Kennell -
Tom Bishop Sr. -
Cassia's Carriage Driver
Rebecca Eady -
Sasha Roiz -
No warning. No escape.
Official site [Germany]
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Release Date: 21 February 2014
Filming Locations: Cinespace Film Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Did You Know?
This is the second feature movie collaboration of Kit Harington and Carrie-Anne Moss within the span of two years. See more »
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)