Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo, a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.
Pompeii is a little trip through a tragic time in human history. This movie is an excellent educational journey for students who are studying about the history of the city frozen in time. The story takes place in 79 A.D., the year of the Mount Vesuvius eruption. The story revolves around Milo, a slave who took the route of gladiator to attempt to win his freedom. This parental guide to the movies thinks that it is an excellent depiction of the city and disaster, but it might not be a good kids movie for those that are not ready for this type of violence and tempest.
The slave turned gladiator falls in love with Cassia, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. She is promised to be married to a corrupt Roman Senator. Milo must earn his way up in social class to save her from her fate. While in the arena, Mount Vesuvius erupts and he must fight his way out of the arena to save his love as the city crumbles into history. It is an exciting action-packed movie with plenty of suspense.
The movie was rated a PG-13 for the battle sequences, disaster scenes and some brief nudity. This movie is too intense for those under the age of 10 and depending on the sensitivity of the child, may be too intense for some older children. It is well made. The terror and violence of the prolonged disaster scenes are very realistic with people running everywhere. They are burned by fireballs and swallowed by tidal waves. Many people die in this movie both in the gladiator ring and at the hands of the volcano. It brings that day to life, as it must have been, it is frightening and intense.
The movie is realistic and allows the student to imagine what it must have been like to be in the city when the volcano buried the city. This is an excellent follow up to an archeology lesson about Pompeii. It goes into the politics and lifestyle of the time. The opening scenes show the casts of people who were buried where they lied. Then, it flashes to the gladiator and begins the love triangle. However, it does tie it directly to the archeology of the site. This movie is worthwhile educational material for the student who is ready for it.