Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Pompeii by Paul W. S. Anderson, 2014 (PG-13)
with Emily Browning (Sleeping Beauty), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Carrie-Anne Moss (Fireflies in the Garden, Chocolat, The Matrix, Snow Cake), Kiefer Sutherland (Melancholia), Jessica Lucas, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor 2: The Dark World, Killer Elite), Jared Harris (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Lincoln, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Mad Men), Sasha Roiz, Currie Graham
Set in 79 A.D., this is the epic story of Milo, a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, 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.
Besides the interesting detachment from any biblical or religion, making mother nature the ultimate power with no existential reason, and us human really futile whether good or bad, the story told before the volcano takes over is terribly told, with no real political or social content, Emily Browning is as cheesy and you can get (sad, she was so interesting in Sleeping Beauty), the bad characters are really bad, the good ones are really good people, there is no psychology, what you see is what you'll get for the rest of the movie. How sad considering how interesting the culture of Pompeii was, and the relationship between Rome and them.