Movie Review: Pompeii (2014)

pompeii + Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje pops up in another supporting role of late as Atticus, a champion gladiator, and does more and is far more entertaining than Kit Harrington
+ Kiefer Sutherland cheeses it up a bit as Senator Corvus in the same sort of role as Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator, the ‘dickhead guy in power that wants the main character dead for whatever reason’
+ once the shit hits the fan (spoiler: the volcano erupts) things get a bit more interesting, in a ‘watching a car crash’ kind of way

– Kit Harrington just doesn’t have the ‘leading role’ power in him
– Carrie-Anne Moss and Emily Browning in further supporting roles as Auralia and Cassia, are the ‘not evil despite being married to the evil guy’ and ‘love interest’ designations, respectively, and both deserve more
– despite the grandiose battle scenes, there is no impact behind any attacks, and the lack of blood makes it seem more like a primary school play
– most of the characters have British accents, except Carrie-Anne Moss, who is American, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who uses a Nigerian accent (like in all of his roles)
– the bulk of the film seems to take place over the span of an hour, at most

> In many ways, this is more in vein with 2012 than Gladiator; the whole film is set around this unstoppable force of nature (a literal force of nature, here not a metaphor for Russell Crowe)
> I have enjoyed seeing Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in a handful of roles lately. After seeing him on Oz many years ago, he quickly became one of my favourite actors. He was also in Thor: The Dark World and is in the upcoming Suicide Squad.

Should you see this film: As far as the ‘sword and sandal’ genre goes, nothing will ever top Gladiator, and this doesn’t have the aesthetic style of the Spartacus TV series. But, if you’re a fan of the genre, like me, give it a go.

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