03 March 2014


The movie "Pompeii" was based very loosely on the volcanic eruption in 79 AD of an ancient Roman city near modern day Italy's Naples. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius killed almost 20,000 people and buried its inhabitants under 4-6 m of ash and pumice. For 250 years, Pompeii has been a popular tourist attraction and is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites with annual visitorship of almost 2.5 million people.

Starring Kit Harington, Emily Browing, Carrie-Anne Moss and Kiefer Sutherland, it tells a romance story of Milo, the remaining survivor of the Celtic horsemen tribe which was massacred by the brutal Roman leader Corvus, and Cassia, the daughter of the city ruler of Pompeii.

The ruthless Corvus pursued Cassia from Rome to Pompeii in an attempt to make her his bride. While trying to escape from Corvus, she was rescued by the grown-up Milo, who had by then become a gladiator known for his fighting ability, and they both fell madly in love with each other. With the help of Atticus, a champion gladiator, Milo tried to overthrow Corvus and their battle ensued and culminated with the explosion of the volcano. The ending is not unexpected, documenting the city's destruction and decimation under the prowess of nature.

I have no complaints about the movie although I didn't think it was box office material.
Kit Harington with his great abs and windswept hair

A brooding looking Milo

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as the champion gladiator Atticus

Cassia and her mother

The hateful and corrupted Corvus

Sasha Roiz as Corvus's henchmen Proculus