Sunday, June 8, 2014

Now at Netflix: Pompeii (2014)

Pompeii (2014) - Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson; Written by Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler, Michael Robert Johnson; Starring Emily Browning, Kit Harrington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jared Harris.

By Kenny Howell

Who better to tell the story of maybe the worst natural disaster in history than the guy that directed Mortal Kombat.

Pompeii tries to create a story for the famous lovers that are entombed in Pompeii. Wouldn't you know it, it wasn't just a simple husband and wife, it was a slave and a woman from the upper class. But they can't be together because of society!

Browning plays Cassia, the daughter of a wealthy man of Pompeii. A Roman senator (Sutherland) comes to visit and basically tells Cassia and her parents that she has to be his wife or else the Romans will come calling. That obviously causes a problem for Cassia because she doesn't want to be married to him, and she is starting to like a handsome slave, Milo (Harrington).

Milo, being a slave and all, doesn't have a ton of social mobility, so he is destined to become a gladiator because of his fighting skills. The gladiator show starts, but Mount Vesuvius kind of throws thing into a tailspin.

Not knowing much about the history of Pompeii, I checked out just how accurate the city and eruption is in the film. Apparently, they did a pretty good job, and that really is the only part of the movie that was enjoyable. I never really cared much for the love story between the wealthy woman and the slave. It's been done too many times, and it never really feels authentic. Too bad that part was two thirds of the movie, and the volcano eruption was basically the last 30 minutes. It seems they tried to hard to develop the story around Pompeii instead of letting the actual story be told.

Pompeii is also available at Redbox, iTunes, and Amazon.

Rating: *1/2

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