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Pompeii (2014)



Critic Consensus: This big-budget sword-and-sandal adventure lacks the energy and storytelling heft to amount to more than a guilty pleasure.

Movie Info

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 against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. -- (C) Sonymore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense battle sequences, disaster-related action and brief sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Janet Scott Batchelor, Michael Robert Johnson, Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchelor, Lee Batchler
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2014
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Jared Harris
as Severus
Paz Vega
as Strigana
Currie Graham
as Bellator
Sasha Roiz
as Proculus
Dylan Schombing
as Young Milo
Rebecca Eady
as Milo's Mother
Jean Frenette
as Boss Slaver
Joe Pingue
as Graecus
Maxine Savaria
as Biggest Thracian
Ron Kennell
as The Weasel
Tom Bishop Sr.
as Cassia's Carriage Dr...
Emmanuel Kabongo
as African Gladiator
Brock Johnson
as Flashback Centurion
Kristina Nicoll
as Rich Wife #1
Janine Theriault
as Rich Wife #2
Mark Whelan
as Ship's Captain
Anais Frenette
as Harbour Child
Donna Christo
as Harbour Mother
Thomas Stumpo
as Harbour Boy
Emmanuel Kabongo
as African Gladiator
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News & Interviews for Pompeii

Critic Reviews for Pompeii

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (29)

Its impact is muted by the dull foreground figures.

Full Review… | July 14, 2015

Pompeii 3D is a swords-and-sandals disaster epic that contains all the B-movie tropes you might hope for... The only element missing is a decent script.

Full Review… | June 2, 2015
Times (UK)

Hammy performances, poor editing, straight-to-DVD special effects, and bland direction.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015

Sure, every character beat is hammy and predictable, but hey, not everything can be fine dining. Sometimes you just want a good cheeseburger and fries.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014

Rapidly burnt by a volcanically ludicrous story, Pompeii rumbles and crumbles, over-baking itself into a frothy crisp--puffery on the outside and clichéd passions within.

Full Review… | July 2, 2014
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A rousing, crowd-pleasing noise-maker that delivers on what it promises.

Full Review… | May 14, 2014
The Virginian-Pilot

Audience Reviews for Pompeii

An average movie. Entertains and gives the viewer enough action for a Sunday afternoon!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


From a narrative point of view, this is an uninspired hodgepodge that simply recycles every cliché and convention of the genre (including an indestructible villain), being only worth it for the fun and great-looking catastrophe, the nice score and Kit Harington's spectacular abs.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The volcano ain't the only disaster vying for screen time in this block-bust of a flick. Chief among the disasters is Kiefer Sutherland, who puts on ill-fitting airs and an absurd British accent that seems to have been developed to entertain the minions at a children's garden party in North Hollywood. Kit Harington has lost any luster rubbed off from the Game of Thrones series, deadpanning his way through the muddle. The script is silly and defies probability. However, the special effects are pretty awesome with lots of hell fire and explosions to entertain the otherwise bored audience.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Pompeii Quotes

Cassia: Now, I don't know, I don't know where I'm a gonna go when the volcano blow.
– Submitted by Dina P (2 years ago)

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