Reader review: Pompeii 3D

Pompeii. Pictured: Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland)
Pompeii. Pictured: Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland)
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Revisit history showing the final moments of Pompeii’s destruction in Mount Vesuvius’ most famous eruption, with a romantic twist.

Based on the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D, the tale of Celtic slave-turned-warrior Milo (Kit Harington) warms the hearts of the audience as he battles his way to avenge his parents’ deaths and save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning) from corrupt Roman Senator Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland), to whom she is reluctantly betrothed.

At first, Milo avoids contact with the other slaves, especially his cellmate and current gladiator champion Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), but they bond after learning Corvus slaughtered both their families.

Their relationship is an endearing one; they should be enemies but instead work together to save each other, fuelled by their lust for revenge against the Romans.

The rumblings of the mountain gradually become more frequent, picking up the pace of the film until Vesuvius finally erupts, sending the city of Pompeii into a frenzied panic.

The people rush towards the harbour to escape on boats as another explosion from the volcano creates a huge tidal wave forcing them back towards the mountain, whilst Milo risks his life to save Cassia.

The 3D effects of volcanic ash drifting down the screen and large boulders of flaming rock pummelling the roads and houses give an amazingly realistic view of the panic they must have felt as it erupted.

Another thrilling battle ensues between Milo and Corvus, with a super-hot pyroclastic flow of poison gas and pulverised rock descending down the mountain engulfing everything in its path as the film reaches its peak.

The heart-warming final shot shows an embracing couple preserved by volcanic ash, exactly like Pompeii was preserved in reality; an authentic touch for a cohesive ending.