Starring: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Pompeii. What a disaster.
One of the worst movies of 2014 thus far, Pompeii serves up a disproportionate mix of the disaster and action genres, leading to a cheesy cringefest and an almost unwatchable movie.
The movie begins in 62 AD Britannia, where a tribe of Celtic horseman are being brutally killed by a group of Romans, led by Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland). The only survivor is Milo, a young boy who is captured by slave traders. Seventeen years later, Milo is a gladiator, fighting for his life and for the entertainment of others.
Milo is taken with a group of other gladiators to an event in Pompeii, where on the way he uses his apparent “connection” with horses to snap the neck of an injured stallion that was pulling the carriage of Cassia (Emily Browning), obviously this manly act arouses Cassia because apparently you can only fall in love with someone after they’ve killed your horse.
Anyway, Cassia becomes engaged to Corvus because he’s threatened her family and after Corvus banishes her to the villa and the volcano begins to erupt, Milo races to save himself and Cassia from death.
The fighting sequences in most parts are impressive, with good choreography. However it’s not enough to sustain a movie that has been built upon terrible script, with weak and crumbling performances. Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland prove to be the two worst in the film and Kit Harington, granted that he doesn’t have many lines, isn’t the worst. The characters themselves are dim and shallow, melodramatic and ultimately boring.
Anderson continues his mistake of focusing on the visuals, rather than improving the extremely weak story.
It’s a shame that the well-known history of Pompeii has been bastardised into a D-grade movie, when it could have been an epic retelling of the infamous events that took place and the ramifications of it.
It’s a complete dud.