An academic and graphic account of the rule of the famously narcissistic Roman Emperor Commodus, who inherited the Roman Empire from his father, Marcus Aurelius, at the height of its expansion in the second century AD, told over a backdrop of violence, sex, and corruption. Written by
No. Here we have the most boring Romean Empire Story ever told
No. Stop. Boring. How the makers of this dried out tomato of a film was made might make a better film than we are presented with here. The actor playing Commodus is possibly the worst actor I have ever seen. Though he plays an incompetent historical figure, a Roman Emperor, he plays it so poorly. Accompanying this farce of acting are an overabundance of meaningless, posed shots of Roman soldiers shuffling around. None of the people in the background or at the edge have any part in the story other than their costumed presence. The story-telling of this chaotic, yet fascinating period of Roman history is really poor, stuttering and entirely to British. There is some sort of strange obsession the British have with producing Roman historical epics where all the leading parts are by obsessively British personalities and dialogue. The actual history here drips out, loops around itself, and is presented with very poor coherence. The cast is huge but the production values and staging are so stiff, so boring it is truly hard to find the words for how bad it is. I cannot say more than this, unless you are desperate or an an absolute historical fanatic, you will not enjoy this stiff, slow, boring "narrative drama". It is done up like a really bad "Discovery" or "History Chanel" docu-drama for a dead weekend.
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