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Corrupt Roman senator Kiefer Sutherland arrives in Pompeii to invest in Jared Harris's plans to modernise the city, but mainly to nab Harris's daughter, Emily Browning, as his wife. Trouble is she's smitten by horse-whispering slave-turned-gladiator Kit Harington (
Game of Thrones
). Not that any of this turgid soap in togas matters because it's 79 AD and Mount Vesuvius is about to erupt and annihilate the "holiday resort" as the jarringly modern script describes it. Actually everything about director Paul WS Anderson's sword-and-sandal spectacular is off-kilter, from the laughable dialogue and predictable romance to the ludicrous carnage and cheesy acting (where did Sutherland get that British accent?). But when the volcanic fire and brimstone explodes, the lava flows and the CGI catastrophe runs rampant, this disaster pot-boiler finally provides the thrilling epic destruction you've waited an hour to witness. Complete with tsunami! Absolute nonsense, highly entertaining (on certain camp levels) - and never boring.
Cast & Crew
Paul Anderson (1)
Some violence, swearing.
DVD and Blu-ray
2 May 2014
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