DVD Review: Pompeii
Jon Snow watches his family die at the hands of Jack Bauer only to find himself a slave/gladiator ready to do battle in Pompeii’s arena on the eve of Vesuvius’ eruption. What more could you ask for in a cheesy Paul W.S. Anderson action flick? Well certainly noting credible from a historic or scientific point of view. More like some kind of roman Romeo and Juliet tale set amongst the ruins of a small seaside resort.
The film plays out ok, as a kind of coming of age/revenge tale of a small boy who grows into a man capable of taking revenge for the killing of his family, only to find impossible love along the way. As long as you don’t take thing too seriously. But why would you, Paul W.S. Anderson doesn’t really have anything that comes close to a shred of credibility in the movie making business, and is probably only tolerated because he’s married to Milla Jovovich and therefore holds the reigns to any future Resident Evil films.
But back to Pompeii. The film manages to be a half decent affair, right up to the point where the mountain explodes. Now in any action film, this should be the best part of the film, but somehow rather than wowing the audience, it just makes us laugh and mock the film even more. And it only gets worse, because after investing a hundred minutes of your life, the film does something that leaves you wondering what the point of the whole film was.
Rating: M Violence.
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