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Pompeii

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Paul W.S. Anderson

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Plot Summary

Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harrington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator (Kiefer Sutherland).  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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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29%
  • Reviews Counted: 143
  • Fresh: 41
  • Rotten: 102
  • Average Rating: 4.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Narrative has never been Anderson's strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron's already-corny Titanic. – Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader, Feb 21, 2014

Rotten: Finally, Mount Vesuvius erupts in a fury, possibly in response to the dialogue it has been forced to hear, and all of Pompeii resembles an explosion in a crematorium. – Ryan Gilbey, New Statesman, May 1, 2014

Rotten: Over-reaching and unintentionally amusing, this is straight-to-video quality inexplicably delivered at blockbuster scale. A thunderous volca-NO. – Owen Williams, Empire Magazine, Apr 27, 2014

Rotten: It's an average modern actioner: driven by technology, careless of the past, casually insulting to the audience, mindless in its violence. Vesuvius 1, movie-lovers nil. – Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald, Mar 21, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Pompeii

What an insult to the intelligence!! Just like the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, this particular eruption of Vesuvius DID NOT SPEW LAVA! IT SPEWED ASH, GAS, AND PONACE STONES. When lava cools it hardens to stone. Had Pompeii been covered with lava, it would now be buried in stone and we never would have found it!!! You people DID NOT DO YOUR HOMEWORK!!!!!

Bauer not fireproof?

Let's face it, anything in which Kiefer Sutherland does not play Jack Bauer is going to be bad.

Not quite as bad as I was expecting… but really a 2-star movie at best.

I originally had no interest in seeing this movie, but I went with a friend of mine since she was excited to see it for Kit Harington (and yes, I’m shallow enough that I didn’t mind watching it just for him, too). Honestly, it wasn’t quite as bad as I was expecting, though it’s not a very solid movie. The writing is trite and full of plot holes, plenty of LOL WHAT IS HISTORY moments, the acting in some parts was really awkward and uncomfortable, and it ends miserably. It seems like it’s a clumsy blend of Gladiator, Titanic, and Tristan & Isolde in terms of thematic elements and romantic subplot, but generally this was very poorly executed. Except for Kit Harington’s sexy abs—those alone gave this an extra star for me. (I did mention that I’m shallow, did I not?)

Honestly wouldn’t spend the money to see it again in theaters, but this is a decent “guilty pleasure” (“yeah I know it isn’t that good but I’d watch it again anyway… just not at $8+ a pop”) type of flick, so I don’t entirely regret my decision to see it.