Pompeii | Chicago Reader


In this sword-and-sandal actioner by Paul W.S. Anderson, Mount Vesuvius erupts, and a slave-turned-gladiator (Kit Harrington) woos a wealthy woman (Emily Browning) as Pompeii is destroyed. Anderson is fascinated by the human form (his Resident Evil series is an ode to the balletic movements of his wife/muse, Milla Jovovich), and this fixation works its way into his visual style. The film is bookended by reverential shots of ash-encrusted bodies frozen in time, and his muscular characters are all the more imposing in stereoscopic 3D. But narrative has never been Anderson's strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron's already corny Titanic. With Kiefer Sutherland in hammy comic-book mode as the villain.



  • Paul W.S. Anderson


  • Kit Harington
  • Carrie-Anne Moss
  • Emily Browning
  • Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
  • Jessica Lucas
  • Currie Graham
  • Sasha Roiz
  • Jared Harris
  • Kiefer Sutherland
  • Joe Pingue
  • Ron Kennell
  • Dylan Schombing
  • Jean-Francois Lachapelle
  • Rebecca Eady


  • Jeremy Bolt
  • Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Robert Kulzer
  • Don Carmody
  • Martin Moszkowicz
  • Peter Schlessel
  • Jon Brown

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