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Pompeii (2014)

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

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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) Sony

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Cast

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 Driver
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
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Critic Reviews for Pompeii

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (30)

Is it wrong to root for the volcano?

Full Review… | February 23, 2014
ChristyLemire.com
Top Critic

Parmageddon is nigh in this cheesy action melodrama that feels both overheated with plot developments, yet strangely curdled from a lack of histrionics that might have redeemed it as fun trash.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Narrative has never been Anderson's strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron's already-corny Titanic.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

No matter how much lava is afoot, there's always time to impale one more person with a sword.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

A mindless but watchable fondue pot of high-calorie visuals and ready-made plotting ...

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

More fun than any civilization's fiery extinction should ever be, Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii 3-D is gloriously exciting kitsch - a poor man's Titanic crossed with an even poorer man's Gladiator.

Full Review… | February 21, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pompeii

½

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 amusing, great-looking catastrophe, the nice score and Kit Harington's spectacular abs.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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