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Pompeii 2014

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In THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, three guys in support of a friend devastated by a recent breakup vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible. The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood, while trying to figure out the complications of modern day relationships.

Starring:
Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Genres Drama, Romance, Adventure, Action
Director Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss
Supporting actors Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris, Joe Pingue, Kiefer Sutherland, Currie Graham, Dylan Schombing, Maxime Savaria, Ron Kennell, Tom Bishop Sr., Rebecca Eady, Sasha Roiz, Jean-Francois Lachapelle, Jean Frenette, Dalmar Abuzeid, Emmanuel Kabongo, Brock Johnson
Studio TriStar Pictures
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Paul Donovan TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 19, 2014
Format: Amazon Video
Nine Things About the Movie “Pompeii”

1. The only thing that most people know about Pompeii is that it was an Italian city destroyed by a volcano and buried in ash a long time ago. So this movie makes up the rest of the story.

2. The plot of the movie is as generic as you can get. You can almost hear the filmmakers say, “Well, the event happened in gladiator times. And it’s about a bunch of people who can’t escape where they are and they all get killed. So let’s make ‘Gladiator’ meets ‘Titanic’. And even though it’s in Italy, let’s make everybody talk with a vague sort-of-British accent.”

3. And that’s exactly what they did. It’s your basic poor-boy/rich girl story. It’s about a boy named Milo that is captured in war, becomes a slave, and then is sent to Pompeii to fight as a gladiator. While there, he meets Cassia, the daughter of the city ruler. They fall in love. Her dad is upset. The usual.

4. Meanwhile, the volcano starts acting up. For some reason, it only happens at night, like the volcano was some serial killer, and people start disappearing.

5. Besides the love story, there is a half-baked political subplot.. Since we all know how the movie ends, the story is not only silly, it’s pointless. There’s no reason to care much about the characters.

6. The last half-hour of the film is all about the destruction of the city. It’s pretty cool to watch, and the 3D effects are well done.

7. The director did take a lot of time to make the city itself historically accurate, basing it on studies of the actual ruins. Historians give the movie points for this.

8. Scientists who study volcanoes say that the depiction of the volcano is also historically accurate, except for when it rains fireballs.

9. This is a simple, old-fashioned disaster movie that offers nothing special in terms of story, but is fun to watch.
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Pompeii is the new disaster film from Paul W.S Anderson about, you guessed it, Pompeii! Following the story of Milo (Kit Harrington), a Celt who was put into slavery after his village was attacked and his parents killed, Milo becomes a gladiator, fighting numerous foes within area walls. But it's in Pompeii where Milo's destiny will come to light, falling in love with Cassia (Emily Browning), the daughter of Pompeii's ruler Severus (Jared Harris), and befriending a rival gladiator, Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). But when Mount Vesuvius begins to tremble and plumes of smoke and ash fall upon the great city, Milo, Atticus and Cassia must escape the city before they are buried by the mountain.

Pompeii isn't a bad movie; it really isn't. The only reason why i gave it four stars (I would give it 3.5 stars if there were an option) is because of all the poor reviews. Anderson's directing here is actually his best to date, better than his Resident Evil films, The Three Musketeers reboot and Event Horizon. His script, on the other hand, was disappointing. It's not that it was poorly written, it's just that there isn't anything new whatsoever. The visual effects were great, but not award-winning. The acting was a mixed bag. Kit Harrington was surprisingly static in the heroic lead role, being uninteresting and the stereotypical hero, but his acting helped keep the character from being completely lifeless. Emily Browning was good as Cassia, but nothing note-worthy. Kiefer Sutherland was actually great as the secondary protagonist, Senator Corvus, the man who killed Milo's mother. He was truly corrupt in his role, and a character you wanted to die horribly (which is good). But it was Adewale Akinnuoye who stole the show as Atticus.
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INREDIENTS:
1. One parts mildly charismatic, ripped, perfectly tanned action hero. British accent required.
2. One parts token African ass-kicker.
3. One parts puffy-lipped, perfectly coiffed damsel-in-distress.
4. One parts good actor hamming it up as agressive bad-guy. British accent optional.
5. Two cups sloooooooo-motion and ramping. CGI bloodspray optional.
6. One cup Titanic: class-breaking romance on the eve of a terrible disaster.
7. One part Gladiator: because GLADIATORS!
8. Six parts sweaty six-packs. Use liberally.
9. One very, very large volcano.
10. One tsunami. Super-size.
11. One bag of historical accuracy. Discard without using.

PROCEDURE:
1. Ripoff every sword-and-sandals movie ever made.
2. Put in lots of explosions, collapsing buildings, and slo-motion. This is actually cool.
3. Put in a forced, cliched love affair. Season with cheese.
4. Suspend disbelief, then take down the remains and burn them.
5. Be over the top in the least subtle way.
6. BAKE in HOT OVEN. Add side dish of revenge, served cold.

SERVES large audience, entertains during action scenes, is silly in the rest. A very fun experience, but not memorable. Seconds unlikely...
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How many times have you played a game where you're the good guy saving the world? How many times have you watched super heroes movie where the good guy defeats the evil villain? Tell me, was Avatar or Avengers that great or was it also filled with an overdone story and predictable plot?

Nowadays, a lot of stuff is taken and done already. Whenever someone tries something new, you guys don't appreciate it and it bombs at the theaters. A crappy Adam Sandler movie becomes more successful than an obviously more thought out and better made movie like Pacific Rim (even though I admit that's far from flawless itself).

It's more about how you take an idea that's already done and make it your own. How it is implemented and executed in the movie is even more important than just simple originality.

I liked this movie because I've never seen a Gladiator movie that was also a natural disaster movie.
Cliche would be a gladiator movie all the way through or the typical ending (avoiding spoilers), but I found myself a bit surprised at the end.
I thought the characters were decent, I thought the movie was decent, and I enjoyed the watch. The reviews on Amazon are something else. I've seen great reviews for an obviously horrible item and see blind critics try to watch a movie like this and expect a documentary or history lesson. Why would you blindly go watch a movie like this and complain about stuff like how it has gladiators and blood or some romance in it? Next time, stop your complaining, watch the trailer and read up a brief description on it before deciding whether to watch it or not. Don't act like someone forced you to watch it.
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