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Published June 5th 2014
Mt. Vesuvius

A film based on the historic disaster that blighted Roman history.

Pompeii was ultimately known because of the death and destruction caused by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The damage was such that neighbouring villas were mostly decimated and buried under four to six metres of ash and pumice.

In one event the whole city of Pompeii along with its people were wiped clean, and confined to the pages of history. Henceforth Pompeii has been a tourist destination for over 2500 years.

During excavation plaster was used to fill in the voids between the ash layers that held and preserved the human bodies. This enabled the world to see the exact position the person was in when he or she died.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, starring Kit Harrington and Emily Browning to name a few, Pompeii (2014) depicts a young warrior descended from a people enslaved by the Romans, battling in a Roman coliseum for his supposed freedom.

All grown up. Milo (Kit Harrington)

Along the way, the young warrior Milo (Kit Harrington), befriends another fighter with gifted talents named Atticus. Both Milo and Atticus fight an onslaught of Imperial soldiers spurred on by the Roman senator.

Milo & Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje)

Amongst all the bloodshed and killing, a spark of romance was experienced between Milo and Cassia (Emily Browning), in whom the senator was also harbouring a soft spot.

Milo with Cassia (Emily Browning)

Mixing gore and blood with an element of love and romance is a dichotomy that is ever apparent in film. Pompeii indulges in this to the extent where it drives the narrative.

Apart from the obvious conclusion to the film, Anderson does well to depict the scenes in as much action and excitement to keep the audience watching.

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