Pompeii

Pompeii

Pompeii

Ancient Roman era disaster movie from director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil). A young slave (Game of Thrones' Kit Harrington) races to save the woman he loves as the dreaded, volcanic Mt Vesuvius threatens to erupt and destroy the city. Also stars Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Milo (Harrington) was the sole survivor of the massacre of his family and tribe in Brittania by Corvus (Sutherland). Sold into slavery, the child grew to become a talented gladiator and was brought to fight in Pompeii, where he catches the eye of the ruler's daughter Cassia (Browning). As the warning signs of Mt Vesuvius' impending eruption go unheeded, Milo has his hands full just staying alive in the gladatorial arena as Corvus stacks the odds against him - but the catastrophic fireballs unleashed by the volcano soon imperil everyone in the city including Cassia, whom Milo sets out to save from this violent natural disaster.

2014Rating: M, Violence104 minsUSA, Germany
ActionAdventure
72%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

Though the film’s raison d'etre is historically sound (Mount Vesuvius did erupt and destroy Pompeii in 79 AD), everything else is fictional, pure potboiler pulp, economically mixing romance, politics and revenge into the pot. Between the blandly attractive leads delivering leaden dialogue, Sutherland’s entertainingly hammy performance, and the copious amounts of steel-abbed sword combat, there’s a lot of cheddar to work through here.

3.0

Kit Harrington maybe uttered three lines in the entire film and looked like he would rather be on The Wall than in this mess of a film.

1.0

Headline...

It was okay. Best part Kit Harrington.

3.0

Man Candy

Basically if you weren't going to this movie just to ogle at Kit Harrington..... then don't bother....

2.0

Erupting Performances

Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones delivers a performance worthy of the big screen. It was always going to be difficult to stick with history and at the same time keep the audience happy, I think the director has achieved this. Combining action sequences worthy of a Gladiator sequel and with a hint of romance to equalise the revenge stakes that grow...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Proves less successful at combining destruction and damsel-in-distress storytelling within the same frame.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The movie in your head melts ten times better.

1.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Though the film’s gorgeous color palette resembles burnished jewelry, there is a staleness and overfamiliarity...

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Feels like an excuse to rain digital terror on screaming extras.

2.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

When you find yourself wishing the lava would hurry up and engulf the city sooner, the movie is in trouble.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

[An] explosive but awfully generic offering.

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

Though the film’s raison d'etre is historically sound (Mount Vesuvius did erupt and destroy Pompeii in 79 AD), everything else is fictional, pure potboiler pulp, economically mixing romance, politics and revenge into the pot. Between the blandly attractive leads delivering leaden dialogue, Sutherland’s entertainingly hammy performance, and the copious amounts of steel-abbed sword combat, there’s a lot of cheddar to work through here.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Proves less successful at combining destruction and damsel-in-distress storytelling within the same frame.

Time Out

Time Out

press

The movie in your head melts ten times better.

1.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Though the film’s gorgeous color palette resembles burnished jewelry, there is a staleness and overfamiliarity...

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Feels like an excuse to rain digital terror on screaming extras.

2.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

When you find yourself wishing the lava would hurry up and engulf the city sooner, the movie is in trouble.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

[An] explosive but awfully generic offering.

Kit Harrington maybe uttered three lines in the entire film and looked like he would rather be on The Wall than in this mess of a film.

1.0

Headline...

It was okay. Best part Kit Harrington.

3.0

Man Candy

Basically if you weren't going to this movie just to ogle at Kit Harrington..... then don't bother....

2.0

Erupting Performances

Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones delivers a performance worthy of the big screen. It was always going to be difficult to stick with history and at the same time keep the audience happy, I think the director has achieved this. Combining action sequences worthy of a Gladiator sequel and with a hint of romance to equalise the revenge stakes that grow...

3.0