Pompeii is an action/romance/disaster film set in 79 A.D. The story centres on a gladiator named Milo (Kit Harington) and his race against time to save his love Cassia (Emily Browning) from the corrupt Roman senator Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland) and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
The story contains all the key elements that make a film enjoyable. The captivating gladiatorial fighting sequences, romantic entanglements, political intrigue and a horrifying natural disaster all ensure audience interest is maintained.
Adversely, Harrington’s British accent is detracting and he’s oddly paired with Browning. Sutherland also lacks credibility as a Roman senator.
The spectacular 3D and CGI effects utilised in the climactic sequences as the volcano erupts heightens the realism of the explosive lava bombs, ash blizzards, tidal waves and earthquakes, which collectively deliver a visually stunning film. (MM)