Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Pompeii

Pompeii narrates the story of a slave turned gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. In the mean time Mount Vesuvius erupts, so he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around them. 


At first sight the story could appear the easiest plot ever made, in order to embody the city Historical events. A Classical-Tragic love story run through the film. Likely to be an Antique-Tragic version of Romeo & Juliet. Where a beautiful romance happens to be frozen in time for ever. The damsel in distress surprisingly need a hero. But in fact, it's a little bit more complicated than that. This young woman, starring Emily Browning, is actually politically sharp, very clever, well educated and much more stronger than she seems. On the other hand Milo, starring Kit Harington, is in a dead wish. He saw Roman soldier exterminated his tribes when he was younger. As a result he don't care to live or die, he only intends to kill as many Romans as possible, until he met Cassia, then his vision changed steadily. Moreover, Pompeii deals with themes such as love, freedom, revenge, power and most importantly: class system. This last theme is highlighted by Milo and Cassia relationship, an impossible love. But also by the contrasts, the corner point in the film: the eruption of the volcano. at this particular moment each one of Pompeii's citizen are at the same level, facing death and loss. A reel microcosm story emerged throughout the film; with a great combination of characters, stories, love and action. Indeed, some bigger films often forget about the story, but here, Paul W.S Anderson knew how to use technology in the background, supporting the Historical facts. The only drawbacks of Pompeii would be a very slow beginning until the real point of the film: the City. Plus 3D is not compulsory till the very last 20 minutes of the film. 


Overall still a very good action disaster movie.   

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