In the days prior to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, a slave tries to save the woman he loves.
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" A campy guilty pleasure that serves up a "Gladiator'' knockoff as an appetizer to the impressively flame-filled main course. "
" Part sword-and-sandal spectacle, part disaster epic, "Pompeii" accomplishes its ambitious agenda to largely engrossing effect. "
" Unlike most city-go-smash setpieces, this is vibrant and surprising, only occasionally rote, the shots of screaming crowds and raining fire a skin over the heart and muscle of a story better told than many. "
" Beyond some imagery, we don't get much that's bigger or better than on TV. Nothing narratively richer, certainly. "
" A mindless but watchable fondue pot of high-calorie visuals and ready-made plotting ... "
" All elements of the ancient catastrophe are rendered with the most up-to-the-minute CG technology. So the special effects are first rate. The story they serve, not so much. "
" Harington transformed his body for the role, but here's the real disaster: His startlingly defined six-pack abs are the most memorable part of his character. "
" If there were a hint of a sense of play or humor in the filmmaking, beyond a briefly amusing moment of comeuppance for a foppish slaveowner, Pompeii might be a fun February diversion instead of a dull, eye-rolling slog. "
" In "Pompeii," Mr. Anderson's latest 3-D extravaganza, and his first film without Ms. Jovovich since 2008, he seems to be without visual focus. "
" Is it wrong to root for the volcano? "
" It's a spectacle all right - but mostly just of a lot of people, some of whom should know better, making an utter ash of themselves. "
" Narrative has never been Anderson's strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron's already-corny Titanic. "
" A rather sly affair, mixing in some food for thought amidst its snickering. "
" One of the most bloodless films to ever kill thousands of people in a fell swoop. "
" Parmageddon is nigh in this cheesy action melodrama that feels both overheated with plot developments, yet strangely curdled from a lack of histrionics that might have redeemed it as fun trash. "
" Pompeii is a big, glorious, cheesy mess. "
" Think of a famous Hendrix song. For that matter, think of an obscure Hendrix song. Whatever you're thinking of, it's not in the movie. That's a little like making a film about Henry Ford without ever showing a car. "
" Pompeii is a Titanic wannabe with a romance between a rich girl and a poor boy set against a natural disaster. "
" Pompeii, the new historical-kitsch disaster movie, raises the question: Is there something about ancient classical settings that inspires actors to act badly? "
" The drama is deadly but the volcano's a blast, making Pompeii something less than the complete disaster you might expect. "
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