Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), 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. The struggle of a gladiator to save his love from the hands of an evil Roman Senator concides with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius creating a fearful adventure.

Pompeii Type: 

Action, History, Romance

IMDb Rating:

5.6 / 10 - ‎64,146 Votes



Paul W.S. Anderson


  • Kit Harington as Milo, a gladiator.
  • Dylan Schombing as young Milo
  • Emily Browning as Cassia.
  • Carrie-Anne Moss as Aurelia
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Atticus.
  • Jessica Lucas as Ariadne.
  • Jared Harris as Severus.
  • Kiefer Sutherland as Senator Quintas Attius Corvus.
  • Joe Pingue as Graecus
  • Currie Graham as Bellator
  • Sasha Roiz as Marcus Proculus
  • Dalmar Abuzeid as Felix
  • Jean-Francois Lachapelle as Milo's father
  • Rebecca Eady as Milo's mother

Box office:

Pompeii grossed $10.3 million in its opening weekend, finishing in third, against strong competition from The Lego Movie. As of June 30, 2014, the film has grossed $23.2 million in North America and $78.6 in other territories for a worldwide total of $117.8 million.

Critical response

Pompeii received generally negative reviews from critics, with major criticism on the acting performances and lack of originality. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 29% rating on based on 143 reviews, with the site's consensus: "This big-budget sword-and-sandal adventure lacks the energy and storytelling heft to amount to more than a guilty pleasure." On Metacritic, the film has an aggregate score of 39/100 based on 33 reviews, indicating "Generally unfavorable reviews".


Glenn Kenny, reviewing for, awarded the film 2.5/4 stars, declaiming that the film is "a surprisingly old-fashioned disaster movie. In point of fact its old-fashioned-ness is really the only surprising thing about this eye-popping 3D spectacle", going on to say that "Anderson offers up a narrative device older still, a rich-girl/poor-boy variant". Of Sutherland's performance, Kenny remarks he had "a hell of a time playing the relentlessly villainous Corvus—you need really strong passions if you’re going to stick to your petty personal grudges even as fireballs are battering all those around you, so it stands to reason." He went on to state that "somewhat less entertaining is the fake-knowingness of the cliché dialogue...As much bloodletting as happens in this movie—and there’s quite a bit of it before the volcano action (presaged by a lot of building foundational cracks and such) gets underway—the movie is otherwise relentless in its wholesomeness...the action scenes are choice, and once the clouds of ash and shooting fire and churning seas start up, "Pompeii" achieves a momentum that most sensationalist studio fare can’t senses that Anderson and company were going for a little bit more, particularly in the, you know, profundity department." Various reviews have compared Pompeii to the films Titanic and Gladiator.

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