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386 Ratings


Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
Canada, Germany, 2014
Action, Adventure, Drama


Set in the days leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, a slave on a ship heading for Naples works to get home to save the woman he loves and his best friend, a gladiator trapped inside the city’s coliseum.

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Pompeii Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
By carefully aligning his shots to create a sense of continuous screen direction, of coherent spaces unfolding in a consistent and meaningful manner, Anderson rediscovers a presence and physicality missing from many of today’s CGI-generated blockbusters, even as he uses CGI techniques to create his screen spaces. By combining match cuts with the depth of field of digital 3-D, Anderson rediscovers the ideal of classical filmmakers: to create a whole world, rather than a jumble of impressions.
December 30, 2014
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Pompeii feels both alien and inevitable in his cinema. None of Anderson’s prior films are so deeply gestural as this; here he reduces romance to purely physical terms. Exchanges of glances, or the offering of a hand. Yet it feels entirely anticipated in his cinema. Resident Evil: Retribution and The Three Musketeers 2011 revel in bodies in motion, the grace of people within the director’s rigorous lines. Pompeii fittingly reduces this to the bare essentials, for his first romance in proper.
November 17, 2014
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Pompeii is a film defined by conviction. Unlike Anderson’s previous films, there is a romantic element which, heretofore unseen in his movies, now becomes the primary focus, and being so sincere in its ambitions, Pompeii becomes a profoundly moving film.
November 17, 2014
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