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If you enjoy watching movies with natural disasters such as volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and giant sinkholes, you’ll probably like the action film Pompeii. The year is 79 AD and a slave turned gladiator named Milo (Kit Harrington) is on his way to Pompeii when he helps a beautiful maiden named Cassia (Emily Browning) after her horse breaks his leg. (Horse lovers won’t like the way he helps the horse.) Cassia’s father Severes (Jared Harris) is a wealthy merchant who promised his daughter’s hand in marriage to a corrupt Roman senator named Cordus (Kiefer Sutherland). While in Pompeii, Milo is forced to fight an African gladiator named Addicus (Adewala Okinnury-Agboje) to the death. Addicus and Milo had become friends, but Addicus was promised his freedom after one last fight. (Right – and I have a city to sell you.) As you can probably guess, Milo and Addicus have to fight in the end but not before the city of Pompeii begins trembling from small earthquakes and Mt. Vesuvius erupts. Of course, Milo and Cassia meet as the city crumbles and they try to escape along with Addicus. I’m still not sure if this was a romance, a disaster, or an historic film. If it was a romance there was absolutely no chemistry between the two main characters. (Believable acting would have helped.) It couldn’t have been an historic movie because half the facts were wrong. For example, no tidal waves ever hit the city of Pompeii. The only option left, is a disaster film. In most disaster movies, you are able to feel some sympathy for the characters in the story in hopes they will escape. I have to be honest, I didn’t really care what happened to them and in fact I wish the volcano would have erupted earlier in the movie. I obviously couldn’t see the disaster scenes but they seemed out of place to the point of being funny. The was a moment when everybody around me was laughing and my wife told me someone who was engulfed in flames just ran out of a building that wasn’t even on fire. Thank goodness I couldn’t see the last frame of the movie because it really sounded ridiculous which led to more audience laughter. (Maybe it was supposed to be a comedy?) I’m not going to totally bomb this film because I can’t see and I heard there were some decent special effects. I’m giving this film a C- rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA