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Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Over the top and weighted down with excessive slo-mo action fights, Spartacus is pure bad camp.

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This action-adventure spectacle may be bloody entertaining, but it is also somewhat bloody. The body count for the cable series, which tips its helmet to the big-screen gorefest that was 2007's "300," appears to approach that number for most episodes. It's violent, but it is also captivating and compelling, as it regales with the tale of a heroic Thracian warrior (Andy Whitfield) turned Roman slave turned gladiator. He battles to save his life and reunite with his wife (Erin Cummings), who was also condemned to slavery. Early on, the warrior slave is purchased by the Roman Batiatus (John Hannah), who trains gladiators, and thrust into brutal and painful training. Spartacus soon makes an enemy of the accomplished, successful gladiator Crixus (Manu Bennett), but before long Spartacus is able to convince Crixus to aide in a rebellion that will hopefully free the gladiators and exact revenge on the conniving, duplicitous Romans. Whitfield, unfortunately, died from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2011, and was replaced by Liam McIntyre in subsequent incarnations of the Spartacus saga.

Cast

Andy Whitfield
as Spartacus
Ian McIntyre
as Spartacus
Lucy Lawless
as Lucretia
John Hannah
as Batiatus
Peter Mensah
as Oenomaus
Viva Bianca
as Ilithyia
Lliam Powell
as Numerius
Eka Darville
as Pietros
Liam McIntyre
as Spartacus
Dustin Clare
as Gannicus
John Bach
as Magistrate Calavius
David Austin
as Medicus
Siaosi Fonua
as Hamilcar
John Way
as Capuan Man
Kevin J. Wilson
as Senator Albinius
Matt Gillanders
as Marcellus
Kyle Pryor
as Marcus
Greg Ward
as Erebus
Sam Shore
as Gambler
Tim Cronin
as Ludus Guard
Jonathan Costelloe
as Cart Driver
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Critic Reviews for Spartacus: Blood and Sand

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (13)

Not even my affection for honorary TCA member Lucy Lawless is going to keep me around.

January 22, 2010 | Full Review…

It was written either by master satirists hoping to inspire viewer drinking games each time blood drops sail in slo-mo or by teen boys.

January 22, 2010 | Full Review…

The trappings up front are so over the top that to say you watch Spartacus to see a contemporary reworking of a cinema classic is like saying you go to Hooters for the food.

January 22, 2010 | Full Review…

If Stanley Kubrick were still alive - he directed the 1960 Kirk Douglas classic of the same name - he wouldn't know whether to laugh or weep.

January 22, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

The problem is that this Spartacus is so over the top that it begs to be considered as total camp.

January 22, 2010 | Full Review…

Although some characters share the same names as those in the 1960 Kirk Douglas movie of the same name, this vivid, revealing remake is not for the faint of heart.

January 22, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spartacus: Blood and Sand

A completely over the top experience, but one with solid acting and a great story that kept me interested the whole season. The action can get a little repetitive because they overuse the slow motion CG, but it can also be pretty spectacular in parts as well. The dialogue can be a little vulgar at times, but it doesn't completely derail the experience. At times it is rather hilarious. This is just highly enjoyable camp.

JoshL.

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