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Pompeii (2014)

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Pompeii is a movie starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning, and Kiefer Sutherland. A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Milo
... Aurelia
... Cassia
... Atticus
... Ariadne
... Severus
... Graecus
... Corvus
... Bellator
... Young Milo
Maxime Savaria ... Biggest Thracian
Ron Kennell ... The Weasel
Tom Bishop Sr. ... Cassia's Carriage Driver
... Milo's Mother
... Proculus


Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


No warning. No escape.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences, disaster-related action and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pompeji  »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,340,823, 23 February 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leading man Kit Harington underwent an extreme physical transformation for the film at his own behest. After he read the script, he went up to director Paul W.S. Anderson and told him that to portray the character as written in the script (his character Milo is described as "absolutely ripped"), he would transform his physique completely. Consequently, Kit Harington undertook a heavy 'bulking' regimen and a diet of 3000 calories a day to put on 2 stones (12.7kg/28lbs) of weight in 5 weeks. He then went on a very severe diet and 'cutting' regimen for 4 weeks to cut back from 12 stone (76.2kg/168lbs) to 10 stone (63.5kg/140lbs) acquiring intense muscle definition in the process. Harington later said that he was very pleased with the results and that it was the best shape of his life. See more »


In the film Corvus claims that the earthquake is a sign from the god Vulcan. This is historically inaccurate as Neptune was in fact the Roman god of earthquakes, in addition to the sea and horses. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: In the darkness you could hear the crying of women, the wailing of infants, and the shouting of men. Some prayed for help. Others wished for death. But still more imagined that there were no Gods left, and that the universe was plunged into eternal darkness. - Pliny the Younger, A.D. 79.
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Featured in Todd's Pop Song Reviews: "Pompeii" by Bastille (2014) See more »


House of Delights
from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)
Written by Joseph LoDuca
© Starz Entertainment, LLC.
Courtesy of Warner/Chappell Music Canada, Ltd.
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An Actually Good Disaster Movie That's Not A Disaster
20 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Pompeii is directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, and centers around the character of Milo, who is a man that stands against the Roman empire after he is put into slavery and becomes a gladiator in Pompeii. He befriends a fellow gladiator and slave Atticus, who helps him fight back against Rome and also ventures to save Cassia, who is to be married to Senator Corvis, a corrupt official.

The movie is actually not as bad as i thought it was going to be. Sure, it is still not an award-winning masterpiece like Gladiator, but for a CG-filled action-fest about Pompeii, it actually worked well. The visual effects were very good (the effects that were made for 3D weren't as much), the musical score by Clinton Shorter was great (echoing the greatness of Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and even Game of Thrones), and Anderson's directing, i personally would say is his best here. Now, the acting, i have mixed feelings for. Emily Browning was good as Cassia (nothing amazing), Kiefer Sutherland was great as an antagonist, and Kit Harrington was (sadly) not as good as he is in Game of Thrones, but still good. The show-stealer is Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Atticus, who is very similar to that of Djimon Hounsou in Gladiator, and for me, his performance brought tears.

Pompeii is not a classic in any sort of way, but is one i would definitely see again and own when it's released on disc. I never would have thought this movie would be actually good, but i hope they have an extended cut for a disc release because they could have made the movie longer.

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