Pompeii in review

By: Samira Palmer

I’m sure many people have heard the story of Pompeii, the city that was destroyed by volcanic ash in a single day.  If you’re expecting this movie to be about just that, then you’re in for a shocker.  The volcanic activity doesn’t happen until the fourth quarter of the movie.  However, due to the storyline of the movie, it makes perfect sense to place the eruption toward the end.

The movie begins with a young boy in a village that has been torched.  We learn that the young boy is the main character, Milo (Kit Harington).  We follow Milo, who is now a slave, as he goes into different battles as a gladiator.  He eventually meets Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), the champion of all gladiators.  They begin as enemies but eventually become friends.

Milo also falls in love with the princess of Pompeii, Cassia (Emily Browning), who is being stalked, harassed and forced to marry the emperor of Rome, Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland).  This isn’t a romantic movie.  There’s more action than romance, and the two love birds don’t share a kiss until the very end.

The version of the movie that I watched was in Real 3D.  I believe that the 3D made the story more effective.  When it rained in the movie, it looked as though it were raining inside the theater.  Also, the explosions from the volcano seemed real; you were expecting to be hit with molten rock.

I really enjoyed the movie, and thought that it ended perfectly.

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