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Like its directors horror hybrids, Pompeii values self determination over survival, which makes for better, brisker, less convoluted genre storytellin ..
The action scenes are choice, and once the clouds of ash and shooting fire and churning seas start up, Pompeii achieves a momentum that most sensation ..
From Bulwer Lytton to Leone, the Pompeii story has never not been schlock: It aint the Bible, and it aint Homer.In this gorgeous, silly, exciting new ..
The romance itself is utterly rote, but then, the entire movie is basically foreplay leading up to that epic eruption.
Anderson is best known for morphing the zombified Capcom video game Resident Evil into a thrifty little film franchise thats about to hit round six, t ..
Still, if you just want disaster epic eye candy and star crossed lovers then youll likely find enough in the formulaic Pompeii to not feel too cheated ..
About the best that can be said for Pompeii is that its anticipated climax doesnt resemble a fifth grade science project, for the CGI effects here are ..
The structure of Gladiator is cribbed shamelessly as sullen slave turned fighter Milo (Games of Thrones Kit Harington, displaying a six pack of abs an ..
But at least this explosively stupid swordsnsandalsnscorchin lava hotchpotch does exactly what it says on the tin.
The bread and circus games sequence is outrageously pinched from the great Russell Crowe epic, and the whole thing isnt exactly teeming with originali ..
Even though Anderson clearly had lofty ambitions for Pompeii, the film underwhelms in a number of key aspects: stale performances, an over stuffed as ..
Too bad the folks behind Pompeii didnt have a little horse sense of their own.
But Pompeii is a fascinating mystery, with enormous possibilities that the movie utterly ignores.
You just have to sit through more than an hour of derivative plot and tired dialogue to get there.
As follow up to Resident Evil: Retribution, Anderson offers a surprisingly ambitious narrative that blends elements of the swords and sandals genre wi ..
Over reaching and unintentionally amusing, this is straight to video quality inexplicably delivered at blockbuster scale.
The script is laughable, smothered in sword and sandal silliness until fireballs hurtle toward Pompeii.
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While the movies dialogue is tin eared and performances are all over the map, the visuals are consistently well crafted and occasionally indelible.
Pompeii is a big, glorious, cheesy mess.A fusion of Gladiator and Dantes Peak, it cant decide whether it wants to be an action film about coliseum com ..
The next day is show time in the old Coliseum.Pompeii is a mix of decent gladiator story, Roman politics both subtle and silly and the old forbidden s ..
Its not a great film, but it makes for a decent hour and forty minutes of entertainment.
Sure, its still a better love story than Winters Tale, but coming off one of the most loveless Valentines Day box office debuts in recent memory, that ..
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Before the mountain gives the city its mighty kick in the ash pit, there are a few tender moments as Milo and Cassia go on a rustic horse ride.
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The result is a generic saga with a cast of forgettable one dimensional characters.
You have to be a truly bad director to make the eruption of Mount Vesuvius a non event.
But with a central love story that feels contrived from the very first note, the major pleasure here is seeing it all blown to smithereens as quickly ..
And while the palpable chemistry between Farrell and Findlay keeps things interesting even through the movies less than captivating opening stretch, W ..
Even the one thing Anderson is usually good at, composing striking visuals, is in short supply here.
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What Anderson delivers this one time is a genuine spectacle, a gladiator movie with a volcano in the middle of it.
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Vesuvius, the script by Janet Scott Batchler & Lee Batchler and Michael Robert Johnson places a star crossed romance at the center of one of the ancie ..
Pompeii may accurately communicate the tragedy of this disaster on a sensory level, but it is ultimately just sound and fury.
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There are plenty of special effects, most decently done, but spectacle can only carry a movie so far.
Nothing about Pompeii was epic; nothing romantic; nothing sexy or wild or out there; yet Pompeii 3D attempts all three, with a cheap script and cheap ..
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10 1 3 / 10 When one thinks of history, of powerful screen romance, of epic cinema, the name Paul W.S. Anderson doesnt immediately spring to mind.
Ive said it for a while now: if theres one genre that doesnt need neat three act structure and character development, its the disaster movie.
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In this gladiator disaster film, Romans massacre a Celtic horse tribe.
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But narrative has never been Andersons strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Camerons already corny Titanic.
PG The drama is deadly but the volcanos a blast, making Pompeii something less than the complete disaster you might expect.
Now the disaster isnt enough.Youve got to have a love story and a chart worthy single along with all that CGI mayhem.
Next time, bring the disaster movie gods a groovier offering, preferably in Sensurround.
Milo and Cassia defy the gods wrath, striking a final pose so shamelessly romantic even Rodin couldnt top it.
Pompeii rating: yellow light by MaryAnn Johanson Instantly forgettable but more than passable as a diversion; solid B movie cheese thats like Titanic ..
Absolute nonsense, highly entertaining (on certain camp levels) and never boring.
In order words, its a big budget Hollywood B movie that relies on its toys namely special effects as well as its central love story to satisfy its und ..
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And so while the picture might be a pleasure only in the guiltiest of senses, if youre willing to leave your brain in the lobby it can be giddily amus ..
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But despite some purposeful moments, this 79AD epic feels constrained and at times clunky.
If there were a hint of a sense of play or humor in the filmmaking, beyond a briefly amusing moment of comeuppance for a foppish slaveowner, Pompeii m ..
Excellent special effects and solid exciting sequences carry the day as Mount Vesuvius and howlers erupt in Pompeii, a campy guilty pleasure that serv ..
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And when it does, its good enough at doing what it does as it oozes and belches its way to its grim ending.
The result is a film that doesnt appeal to anyone not the romantics, not the historians, not even action fans who just want a decent sword fight.
It is a vision that is very nearly iconic, and had the first half the film had been more emotionally engaging and less distractingly derivative of muc ..
With fireballs falling from the sky, its catastrophic in more ways than one.
The results are as disastrous as expected, but essential viewing for bad movie fans, with ill judged performances and lashings of CGI chaos to enliven ..
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Kit Harington as hunky gladiator Milo and Emily Browning as Cassia If you thought the famous eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD matters because of th ..
Based on an original screenplay that lifts shamelessly from Gladiator and Titanic, yet without an ounce of conviction or genuine feeling, the picture ..
Most of what goes on before the eruption really kicks off is old fashioned Roman epic fodder.
Played too straightforward to be a fun action movie and too silly to be taken seriously, Pompeii is one of the more uneven film experiences youll like ..
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The experience could be read as a bleak metaphor for life, which is defined here as nothing more than a series of pointless exercises that all lead up ..
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And in writing, that all sounds like a perfectly decent B movie popcorn experience.
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Verdict: While it offers spectacular CGI devastation and a chiselled hero, Pompeii is so soulless and empty that you wont shed any tears when the cano ..
The Pompeii and circumstance of billowing ash, earthquakes, flaming meteors, tsunami, and pyroclastic flow (look it up) finally adds some liveliness t ..
So even though throughout the film the thought nags away at you in a most unsettling fashion, where is Russell Crowe its all preposterously enjoyable, ..
Instead they take this trash seriously.Audiences will have a harder time doing that, particularly when the director gives in to his cheap action movie ..
If youre a fan of Roman history, Pompeii is yet another film that will likely make you want to throw you copies of Gibbon at the screen. If youre an a ..
What happened at Pompeii was disaster on an epic scale and yet, the aura is of a studio back lot in Canada.
Half the time you cant see whats going on, and the other half you wish you couldnt.
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The 3D effects arent bad but the films over reliance on cliches, painful dialogue and dumb character interaction robs it of all dramatic tension.
A cataclysmic disaster that will simultaneously bring them closer together, and ultimately tear them apart.
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3D hell is unleashed with the eruption of the volcano but the lava is the only thing that flows in this misfiring affair.
A loftier director might have instilled a sense of purpose to the material, and probably inflate the running time to an excruciating two hours plus, b ..
And equally entertaining as well.Harington is terrific as the hunky hero, building much stronger chemistry with the honourable Akinnuoye Agbaje than t ..
Forget going for sword and sandals gold.Andersons classical ambition fizzles beneath a mountain of computer generated lava, as Pompeii bows to the B m ..
Under the always awkward directing designs of Paul W. S. Anderson, this dumbed down disaster pic is like that little cup of questionable by product se ..
How nobody realized this guy was nothing more than a cartoon character, and didnt step in to change something in the script is a mystery, but for what ..
The effects vary from impressive to sketchy, but even the best bits of spectacle feel as weightless as the characters.
Pompeii is the right kind of stupid: sincere enough to entertain on purpose half the time, and silly enough to inspire ironic giggles during the other ..
Pompeii Synopsis Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race ..
But Andersons unfeigned enthusiasm for fantasy schlock and bombastic digital effects turns out to be a pretty good match for this generic material.He ..
Its there alright Ridley Scott regurgitated with lifeless imprecision, but the real template for this pyroclastic non event is James Camerons Titanic.
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Director Paul W.S. Andersons latest act of creative destruction is effectively a meticulous, CGI powered incinerator for consuming the ancient metropo ..
The best that can be said for the film is that its special effects are spectacular.
Indeed, it just cobbles together the most unsatisfying bits of Gladiator and Titanic.The design is really quite striking; CGI rendering of the tragic ..
Youll see nothing Ridley Scott didnt do better a decade ago and nothing 300: Rise Of An Empire didnt do with more style six weeks ago.
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The eventual magma and ash tsunami is spectacular you just wish there was more of it, given thats what were here for.
For all this, the most disturbing thing about POMPEII is finding Julian Fellowes listed in the writing credits.GOSFORD PARK and Downton Abbey Julian F ..
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But its a hell of a lot of fun to watch, and the last forty minutes is worthy of the big screen spectacle.
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Its an impressive spectacle, even if our hearts arent with what should be an emotional ending.
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The best part of Pompeii is Akinnuoye Agbaje.He absolutely nails the balance between taking the material serious enough that its suspenseful and exhil ..
This movie has too much going on too quickly.Some of the special effects are worth seeing, but I did not enjoy the 3 D glasses that darkened an alread ..
Tragedy plus time equals disaster movie, as the saying almost goes.The more time, the better, if youre going to transplant fictional characters into r ..
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Its a brave film maker who takes on Scott.And Anderson, a talented action director but lousy dramatist, barely survives the opening round.
No vaguely campy blockbuster even one about a volcano should leave you feeling this way: burned.
Roland Emmerich may be criticized for his schlocky disaster movies, but at least he makes a spectacle out of it.
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The screenplay renders its characters with broadstroked cliches in a plot so worn out, the worlds most esteemed cobbler would deem it hopeless.
Its that Pompeii is so formulaic and anachronistic in its epic pains to wedge some romance adventure into a tragic moment in ancient history.
As with most of the principals in this predictable script, Corvus is a one dimensional character that does little more than advance the familiar plot.
This is history by Hollywood and as such treads a fine line between disaster epic and epic disaster.
At heart, this is a classic B picture, a sword and sandals epic with action that fluidly occupies every bit of the three dimensional frame, impressive ..
Its not surprising given that Paul WS Anderson is directing, and this film ends up trying way too hard to be an all encompassing disaster film.The per ..
The opening title of Pompeii reads A Film by Paul W.S. Anderson. In a film with so many unintentionally funny moments, this is the first.
Overall, Pompeii goes big on the action but lacks the gravitas of being a compelling story.
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Pompeii should make for such intriguing cinematic stomping ground, yet it seems the wait to explore this tale triumphantly is going to be put on hold ..
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But Anderson makes us wait, and wait, for the big visual effects payoff.
Yes, the movie blew mega chunks.The greatest crime Pompeii commits is making the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE boring.
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Hammy performances, poor editing, straight to DVD special effects, and bland direction.
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And when it finally blows, it is a rather impressive spectacle to behold.
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Pompeii doesnt do much right, but at least it manages that welcome feat.
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