Pause for kids 15 & under
Historical epic is light on plot, heavy on carnage.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pompeii is a gladiator tale set in the last days of the doomed Roman city, and is very heavy on combat and carnage. Gladiators fight to the death, soldiers massacre villagers, prisoners batter each other over petty slights, and numerous scenes end with piles of corpses in the background. There's hardly any swearing, sex, or drinking to interrupt the fight scenes, just lots and lots of death.
- Families can talk about history in movies. How does Pompeii compare with other historical epics? Does it seem accurate? Does the natural disaster take a back seat to the story unfolding within the city.
- Do you think the many, many scenes of battle should have earned the film a stronger MPAA rating? What methods did the filmmakers use to lessen the impact of the violence?
The good stuff
Messages: Facing death is easier when your friends and loved one are beside you. Also, stand up for what you believe in.
Role models: Though Milo is a slave, he refuses to surrender his dignity and instead is willing to make great sacrifices to help a friend and the woman he loves. Cassia is a strong young woman who's unafraid of standing up for herself.
What to watch for
Violence: It's a gladiator film, so there's near non-stop violence. Men use swords, spears, knives, and other weapons to kill, stab, and pummel each other. Sometimes they batter people with their bare hands. There are piles of corpses left at the end of several scenes, though few of the deaths are gory. A massive volcanic eruption destroys a city and kills most of its residents in extensive, explosive scenes. Some scenes show ash-covered corpses after a volcanic eruption.
Sex: A few suggestive comments as a woman examines a man. One scene shows a couple kissing passionately.
Language: One character calls a woman a "bitch," once.
Consumerism: Not applicable
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some scenes show people drinking wine at parties.
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Edge of Seat by crazyboylover
Loved this movie! Had me on the edge of my seat. Graphics were great and the music played perfectly along with the events going on. Perfect rating for this movie as young kids could go see it. Was gory at some parts but was expected for the type of move it is. Lots of action and good story line. Really loved the intenseness of it.
Ignore the critics! by padrepmk
Pompeii reminded me of a sweeping epic from the good old days of Hollywood: starkly good and bad characters; larger-than-life action; and great special effects. I grant you that if indie movies and esoteric(but pretentiously dull as dirt) plots are your gig, then this is not your movie. But if you like doomed love, heroic self-sacrifice, and Mother Nature at her most wrathful....then this is your flick! I plan on going again.
Save your cash.... by Mark10017
Titanic on land meets Day After Tomorrow meets Gladiator. What a waste of $18.50.....
Sorry excuse for an "action" film. Formulaic. Trite. CGI Special Effects are poorly done....
Pompeii by markmcnelley
Outstanding movie in terms of historic events, brotherhood, love, deception, challange, power, belief, and fear of the unknown. Action packed and well worth my time and money. This move is for mature adults with understanding of the past, present, and future.
good but... by shadow2day
Had that in-between feeling of meh and something else...
wasn't really feeling any empathy towards none of the characters, i can't piece it. but it just missed a crucial key. which could've made it great. still a good watch though..
As expected by ssolum289
The movie was as we had expected. Of course, there isn't a lot you can do with a story that has already been written in history so the outcome held no surprises. Having been to Pompeii we were interested in the history aspect of it and felt that they did a good job keeping the city true to form. If you like gladiator fighting the movie is for you.
Better than expected! by addictedto24
I went to see Pompeii mainly to see Kiefer Sutherland since I'm such a big fan of his. I wasn't expecting to like the movie as a whole as much as I did. The characters were interesting despite not being a long enough film to develop them very much and the story was good as well along with the special effects. They were amazing and very realistic. The music score was exceptional as well.
All the actors were very good and Kiefer was especially good as the arrogant bad guy. Nice change of pace for him. All and all a very good, entertaining film I would recommend.
Brilliant by faaltugiri
Set during the roman era A.D 79, its a true story about volcano eruption. The special effects, 3D and background score simply stunning & brilliant. There is a love story & gladiator v/s romans revenge tale interwoven, but its the revenge drama/action which adds thrills and makes it hell interesting. A good movie and definitely BIG SCREEN spectacular. Enjoyed it.
Good! No surprise. by freducator
This is a love story which turns badly. If you are looking for a feelgood romantic try something else. There is also plenty of action and suspense.
Soooo Predictable by ereber
I mean a volcano blows and a city is buried in ash and fire. Oldest story in the book. I think this happened to some greek province back in the day. I just want some originality in my films. Couldn't it have been aliens? Thank goodness I had Kit Harington's abs to distract me from this endless parade of cliches.