Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?
Mastermind of mediocrity, Paul W.S. Anderson moves away from the Resident Evil franchise to give us something even worse. It's called Pompeii and it's a human calamity far greater than the real life disaster of 79 AD. Run for the exits or you might get burned by a lack of dialogue, badly rendered effects, and a romance that's directly stolen from a little movie called Titanic. Tell me Joey, ever heard of a thing called plagiarism?
|"Has anyone seen Russell Crowe?"|
If you see this one, do the 3d because its the best thing about the movie, and that's not saying much. This version of Pompeii is a by the books love story mixed with predictable action sequences, tons of destruction and a lead actor that barely mumbles more than twenty lines throughout his ninety minute impression of Orlando Bloom.
|"Chloe!!!! Open a socket!"|
When it comes to Anderson, you know what you get. The guy specializes in bringing sub-par popcorn fare to the screen with no shame or forgiveness for his lack of talent. With a little more attention paid to BIG details like plot development and script, Pompeii could have been a contender for this year's best disaster movie. What we ended up with is a movie more focused on imitation than creation, which ends up making this an embarrassment and a disappointment all around.
- Review by Chris George