No spoilers here. Everyone is pretty familiar with the story & it's been done on TV and in Films for years but perhaps the filmmakers decided it was time for it to be told again. It needs to be said that comparisons to earlier movies will be inevitable. In fact, the first third of the film seemed almost cheesy in a way and 'The Passion of the Christ' already grittily took us thru the crucifixion, so what does this one have to offer? Perhaps a more human look and feel to who Jesus was?
It's not a horrible movie, it's just not a great movie. Kind of sloppy, but it tries hard to please. Just didn't seem to know if it wanted to be a suspense/thriller with comedy thrown in (not always hitting its mark) or what. Kevin Costner's flawed character is ok, but the plot lacks the punch needed to make it a good film. I wouldn't pay to see it in theaters.
Spoiler alert: taken right from Wikipedia- "The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian region of Campania, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD." In other words, everyone dies. But what about the movie? I'm not a fan of CGI, I'm also not a fan of formulaic plot lines. Having been to the ruins of Pompeii once many years ago, I was looking forward to seeing how they wipe it out. Let's just say that Hollywood takes it's fair share of liberties with this one. 3D effects aren't worth it.
I knew nothing about this film before seeing it except that it earned Kate Winslet a GG nomination. Well deserved nomination at that! Another very fine movie from director, Jason Reitman who does a great job of telling the story in a suspenseful way without it being formulaic. Enjoy the ride...