Marcus Aurelius: "Death smiles us all. All a man can do is smile back".
The story is about a man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences.
For once the Oscars got something right with giving Best Picture to Gladiator and well deserved it was. I remember watching this movie and getting goosebumps from the epic fights scenes and the timeless quotes the characters say. You can rather hate or love this movie and if you hate this movie that's fine, I'm not like one of those ass-holes that will yell at people because they didn't like this one movie I like, listen you probably got good reason to dislike the movie, at least you got you're reasons, But for me I loved it.