Theatrical Release: February 21, 2014


Set in the days leading up to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, a slave on a ship heading for Naples works to get home to save the woman he loves and his best friend, a gladiator trapped inside the city’s coliseum.

Dove Review

Catastrophe! That is what this movie is essentially about. That, and lost love due to nature’s interference. The story opens in Northern Brittania in A.D. 62. A young boy named Milo (Kit Harington) witnesses Roman soldiers under their commander Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland) murder his people and his family. He is taken as a slave and the only reason he survived was that he pretended to be dead as he lay with the corpses. Years later he becomes a fierce warrior and he is a pawn as a gladiator in Pompeii. The princess of Pompeii, Cassia (Emily Browning), takes a liking to him when she sees his kindness in putting a horse out of its misery after its leg is wounded. Despite his kindness, he holds a strong grudge against the Romans who killed his family. Milo finds a brother in a fellow gladiator named Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), whom he is scheduled to meet in a match. However, plans change under the evil Corvus who adds marrying Cassia to his evil schemes. He pits Milo and Atticus against several soldiers with the plan to be rid of Milo, as he sees Cassia’s regard for him.

The movie features stunning special effects as we see and hear the results of the volcano nearby slowly preparing to unleash its fury until doomsday finally arrives. The plot features a lot of fighting and violence and the question becomes whether Cassia and Milo will manage to be together and, if so, if they will survive the coming eruptions of the volcano. Due to the violence level in the film, we are unable to award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing by a couple; a woman prostitute enquires about buying a man for the night.
Language: H***hole-1; B**ch-1; Ba**ard-1; Scum-1; Idiots-1
Violence: A lot of violence and spilled blood including sword fights, stabbings, slashing, slashing noises; a pool of blood is seen; fights including punching and kicking and several characters are slapped; a man receives fifteen lashes on his back and his bloody wounds are seen; a man's neck is sliced; eruptions from a volcano and many places and objects set on fire; corpses and bloody bodies.
Drugs: The drinking of wine in several scenes.
Nudity: Shirtless men in a few scenes and cleavage.
Other: Several comments about the "gods" and the will of the gods; a man spits; life is taken cheaply by several characters.


Company: TriStar Pictures
Writer: Janet Scott Batchler & Lee Batchler
Producer: Jeremy Bolt
Genre: Action
Runtime: 105 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter