When I went to see Pompeii the feeling I had at the end of the film was a pretty content one...and slightly hot. Not meaning to be bias, but as I was already a fan of the gorgeous Emily Browning from Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch a few years ago (do not judge), I was interested. As well as having a common interest for Kit Harington's character Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, and being presented with a brilliant ancient tale that had never really been brought to the big screen before, I was sold.
The underlying story that molds around the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius (referred to as the "mountain" throughout the film), is a pretty basic one. Milo (Kit Harington) is a slave turned gladiator who travels to [Pompeii](movie:739897) as one of the prisoners of the lanista, where he meets a fellow fighter Atticus (Adewale Akinnuove-Agbaje) and his love interest Cassia, the daughter of a well off merchant. (Emily Browning)
The romance between Milo and Cassia quickly blossoms creating a bit (a bit...no hot Roman sex scenes) of tension, especially when the power hungry Roman Senator pushes Cassia into becoming his wife. Awkward! I can see how that would give the audience more sentimental value when the volcano erupts in the finale, but all it was, was lovely, not great. I wasn't too bothered at the cliche' story line, a stronger one might have shifted the attention away from the main event, because when that big bastard volcano erupted...it erupted.
The citizens of Pompeii soon realized that whether they were retreating by foot, horse or surf board, there was no escape, and the great disaster of 79 AD was born. If you don't give the visionary of a reconstructed Italian town a wee clap, then just look at the main stars for eye-candy and you'll be sorted, instead of demanding your ticket back.
Pompeii gets three stars from me. Have a wee look at the trailer below and make your mind up. No harm will be done by seeing it.