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Apocalypse Pompeii (2014)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 8 January 2016 (India)
Mount Vesuvius erupts when a family visits Pompeii. The daughter uses her skill and her father his ability, in order to escape the disaster.

Director:

Ben Demaree

Writers:

Steve Bevilacqua (story), Jacob Cooney | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Paul ... Jeff Pierce
Jhey Castles ... Lynne Pierce
Georgina Beedle ... Mykaela Pierce
John Rhys-Davies ... Col. Carlo Dillard
Dylan Vox ... Kal
Dan Cade ... Cade
Constantine Trendafilov Constantine Trendafilov ... Gianni (as Constatine Trendafilda)
Assen Vukushev Assen Vukushev ... Naveen
Alexandra Petrova-Emisti Alexandra Petrova-Emisti ... Rashida
Yordam Yositov Yordam Yositov ... Rosso
Harry Anichkin Harry Anichkin ... Italian Colonel
Vrunda Patel Vrunda Patel ... Christina
Jonas Talkington Jonas Talkington ... Paul
Ralitsa Paskaleva ... Alita
J.R. Esposito ... Smith
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Storyline

When a Former Special Ops commando visits Pompeii, his wife and daughter are trapped as Mt. Vesuvius erupts with massive force. While his family fights to survive the deadly onslaught of heat and lava, he enlists his former teammates in a daring operation beneath the ruins of Pompeii. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 2016 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Apocalypse Pompei See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria See more »

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Production Co:

Nimar Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

John Rhys-Davies was originally cast as Cade, before being shifted into the role of the Colonel. Realizing this was essentially the same part he had played in 100 Degrees Below Zero (2013), another disaster film from the same production company, he convinced the producers to re-use the name Colonel Dillard, and make it a return for the same character. See more »

Goofs

During the helicopter chase scene, the co-pilot states that they are "almost at firing range" when external views show the helicopters to be within a few meters of each other. The helicopter would have been within firing range much further away. See more »

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Spun-off from 100 Degrees Below Zero (2013) See more »

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I've seen a lot worse....though this is hardly a ringing endorsement.
18 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Apocalypse Pompeii is a production of The Asylum—a film production company known for making so-called 'mockbusters'. These mockbusters are films that are released to coincide with the release of big studio epics in order to capitalize on the hubbub surrounding the big-budget movies. They feature titles that are VERY similar to the bigger films—and the movie poster for Apocalypse Pompeii looks an awful lot like that of the upcoming Pompeii! A few other examples of their films are Atlantic Rim, Death Racers, American Battleship, Snakes on a Train…and many others. They also are the same folks who have given us the Sharknado franchise. Because of this, it's obvious the film will have a low budget and very modest pretensions—and most likely will be a film you'll see coming direct to DVD. Despite all this, it is surprising to see that the film actually was shot, in part, in Pompeii as well as…Bulgaria?! Also, the plot is radically different from Pompeii—with the big budget film being set in ancient times and the mockbuster being set in the present.

The film begins with a prologue showing some Hispanic family fleeing in terror from a volcano eruption. Oddly, however, this has almost nothing to do with the film—a film set on the other side of the globe in Italy! After the credits roll, you see a family in Naples. The father has a business meeting and he's brought his wife and teenage daughter with him. While he's at his big meeting, the rest of the family goes to an outing to nearby Pompeii—site of a huge mega-explosion that killed thousands in 79 A.D.. Not surprisingly, soon after the pair arrives at Pompeii, the mountain explodes—and folks run for cover. Fortunately for those who teamed up with the wife and daughter is the fact that the teen knows MORE about volcanoes and how to survive them than a team of volcanologist!! This all-knowing girl, again and again, knows EXACTLY what to do and helps this group survive long enough for the father to become a Rambo-like action hero! The dad (of course) is some sort of ex-military genius and he instantly assembles a team to help him steal a helicopter from a military base (!!) and head to Pompeii to look for his family. If it sounds like the plot is stupid and filled with significant plot problems, then you are pretty much right on the mark!

So is the film 100% bad? No. As I mentioned above, it does have some actual footage of Pompeii. It also keeps your interest, as the pace and music work fairly well and SOME of the acting is competent. Unfortunately, the plot is stupid and the characters are shallow—often coming off as caricatures. I wouldn't rush out to buy a copy or rent the film. Instead, I'd wait until it most likely shows up on the SyFy Channel and watch it if you have absolutely nothing else to do (and that includes washing your hair, checking your air conditioner filters and breathing).


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