Guttman’s Garage – Film Review “Pompeii”

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“Pompeii”, a gladiator- disaster film that is my first nomination for worst film of 2014. The year is 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius is about to erupt, and the question is whether you care if any of the characters survive. After observing them, you may be rooting for the volcano by the time it erupts. Special fx did their part, the problem is a weak script with horrendous acting. The lead is Milo, played by Kit Harington, miscast as the lone survivor of a Celtic horse tribe (never thought I’d miss Steve Reeves). I’m not sure why the movie has a PG-13 rating. From the opening sequence Kiefer Sutherland orders the massacre of Milo’s family, and you know the film is going to be violent. Sutherland as Roman Senator Corvus, gives a terrible performance: worse I’ve seen from him. A love story is intertwined with the volcano rumbling. Emily Browning plays the aristocrat daughter Cassia who falls in love with Milo after watching him kill a horse. Cassia has returned to Pompeii after a year in Rome. As the story unfolds, we learn that she left Rome to distance herself from Corvus, who sets out to have Milo killed in the gladiator arena. Yes, the script is that silly. The only credible actor is Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje, as gladiator Atticus. The interplay between he and Milo works, but whether gladiators became friends before going into the arena to kill each other, who knows. The director is Paul W. S. Anderson. The sword fighting scenes are well done and if he is not directing drama, the movie has entertainment value. But the 105 minute movie is not limited to sword fighting and the volcano.

Steven Guttman

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