Sunday, July 6, 2014

I Was Rooting For The Volcano - My Review of Pompeii

Pompeii  -  2014  -  Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson

Lending further credence to my belief that Director Anderson should never be allowed to direct another movie, Pompeii is a loud, ugly, overwrought disaster of a film that trudges along at a brutally slow pace and pounds the viewer over the head with one cliche after another.

Kit Harington, he of Game of Thrones fame, stars as Milo, a slave turned Gladiator (stop me when this sounds familiar) who must fight in the arena against a corrupt and sadistic Roman Senator (Kiefer Sutherland) in order to gain his freedom and the love of his life, Cassia (Emily Browning.) As if that wasn't enough, Mount Vesuvius is about to erupt.

Scene after scene, line after line of dialogue feels like it was taken from countless other films of better ilk and far to often I knew exactly what the characters were going to say before they said it. This might as well of been a shot for shot remake of Gladiator but apparently the filmmakers thought that movie lacked explosions so why not throw in an erupting volcano? 

Chris Rock rather famously stated their are only 4 real stars in Hollywood and if you want one for your movie... just wait. Boy was he right. If you want Russell Crowe and all you can get is Kit Harington... wait indeed.

Upon checking IMDB I see Mr Anderson has no more movies this year so this should have a more than realistic shot of being the worst film of 2014.

Rating: 0 out of 10

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