LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV's film critic Jonathan Nettles shares his review of Pompeii.
Pompeii stars Kit Harrington (TV's Game of Thrones) as "The Celt" a slave turned gladiator in the ancient Roman Empire. He kills with speed and brutality while secretly seeking revenge on the Romans who murdered his family. He is taken to compete in the city of Pompeii which lies in the shadow of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius. He meets the young, beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant and they instantly fall in love and soon he must race against time to save her from the clutches of the very man who killed his family as Mount Vesuvius erupts and the city is destroyed around him.
I'm just going to come out and say that I did not like this movie. I'm even struggling to find something I did like about it. The sound mixing was good? The first 10 minutes showed a lot of promise? There was nothing really captivating about this movie. It's not even a movie that I would say is easy to watch. The acting is not outstanding, the story is not compelling or interesting, the visual effects offer nothing new, there's only one rea$on this movie wa$ pre$ented in 3D, and there is nothing original about the entire movie.
My biggest problem with Pompeii was its' lack of originality so let's examine the plotlines of the film:
Plotline #1: Natural disaster leads to destruction of thriving civilization. That sounds like any natural disaster we've ever seen.
Plotline #2: Hero's family is killed by corrupt Roman leaders. Hero is sold into slavery and becomes an invincible gladiator. Corrupt Roman leaders show up to watch the gladiator. Gladiator seeks revenge. That sound strangely like a movie called Gladiator.
Plotline #3: Mount Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii was a real tragic thing that happened. They used as a backdrop for the story of two people from different classes who fall in love and are prepared to sacrifice each themselves so the other can live. To me, that sounds like a movie called Titanic.
Basically, I found nothing of merit in this movie. I've seen worse but I've seen a whole lot better. Maybe I'm asking for too much for a movie released in mid-January to give me something I haven't seen before or for Keifer Sutherland to have an English accent that makes him sound like a villain instead of an old, whiny man. Don't spend your hard-earned money on a ticket to see Pompeii instead go see Robocop, About Last Night, or one of the many other films currently playing in theaters.
This week I also interviewed Hailee Steinfeld for the movie 3 Days to Kill. You may remember her name from the True Grit. We talked about the film, stuntwork, and sharing the screen with some of Hollywood's top actors. The uncut interview video is attached to this story.