There aren’t many people who don’t know what happened to the Roman city of Pompeii. Just like the sinking of the Titanic, the destruction of the Italian city is an event that’s widely taught in world history classes. And just like James Cameron’s 1997 dramatization of the sinking of the unsinkable ship, Paul W.S. Anderson has turned the devastating event into a hybrid action-adventure love story simply titled, Pompeii.
Kit Harring (best known for his portrayal of Jon Snow on Game of Thrones), plays Milo, a slave turned gladiator who has his eye on Cassia (Emily Browning). It just so happens that Cassia is betrothed to Senator Corvis (played by Kiefer Sutherland). And then suddenly, Mount Vesuvius erupts with no warning. How will these characters survive while the city of Pompeii crumbles around them?
Check out this winter blockbuster’s trailer here:
This isn’t a documentary so we’re not expecting it to be historically accurate to the tenth degree. Even the history of the actual eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii is a bit spotty due to the lack of survivors and record systems back in the year 79. The only thing we know to expect is the devastation of this Ancient Roman city.
The rest of the story is anything but history. Was there a slave pining over a wealthy merchant’s daughter? Probably. But there was no way the Roman’s would stand for such a star-crossed love affair. If they weren’t killed by the volcano, her father would’ve surely put an end to her life and his. Then we must remind ourselves, this is a work of fiction and audiences are hooked when lovers from different economic backgrounds overcome the odds and live happily ever after.
There is no stopping the eruption. We know how that story plays out. The question this film will raise is will Milo and Cassia survive the fire and ash in order to finally be together? Let’s face it, we are all suckers for a happy ending.
From the trailer we can see that Pompeii will appeal to men and women alike. There will be violence and explosions laced with a love story. The Ancient Romans loved a good show, so we can expect the movie to be just that: entertaining. So let’s do like the Romans did and dress up in our best toga or gladiator costume, eat, drink and be entertained!
But let’s keep our expectations low for a happy ending. Here is a link to this page. If Titanic is any clue to how these disaster-based love stories pan out, we’ll see Milo sacrifice his own life in order to let Cassia live free of the corrupt Roman Senator Corvis.
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