New from The Movie Snob.
Pompeii (B). It’s not often I willingly see a movie its opening weekend, but what can I say–I love stuff about ancient Rome, and that especially includes the doomed resort city of Pompeii. So, despite the poor reviews, I caught a matinee of this new release and quite enjoyed it. And why not? Take Titanic, chop out almost 100 minutes of boring stuff, substitute a volcano for the iceberg, and voila! You’ve got a perfectly serviceable B movie. Kit Harington (TV’s Game of Thrones) stars as a slave-turned-gladiator. Kiefer Sutherland (Stand By Me) co-stars as a slimy Roman senator. Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) is the poor little rich girl caught between them. Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) has a couple of scenes as the girl’s mom. There’s lots of gladiatorial violence, and lots of CGI fire and brimstone. Turn your brain off for 98 minutes and enjoy the ride. Oh, and enjoy some pictures of the real Pompeii, circa 2007: