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Like an ancient Roman version of 2012, this disaster epic is a pure guilty pleasure, sparking plenty of laughter along with the massive effects-based carnage. It also helps that the screen is packed with muscle men in skimpy skirts. The actors dive in with gusto, adding plenty of personality to the ridiculous dialogue, while director Paul W.S. Anderson shamelessly ramps up the action mayhem.

It begins in AD 79 Britain, where Roman Senator Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland) is on the rampage, slaughtering the entire Celtic community of young Milo (Kit Harington), who is taken to Londinium to become a gladiator. When he rises to fame, he's transferred to Pompeii, where he immediately catches the eye of young noblewoman Cassia (Emily Browning), much to the scowly disapproval of her politically active parents (Carrie-Anne Moss and Jared Harris). An outsider among the local slaves, Milo is befriended by tough guy fellow gladiator Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). And when Corvus comes to town to claim Cassia as his bride, Milo decides to take a dangerous stand for both revenge and the girl. Meanwhile, Mount Vesuvius is rumbling, getting ready to unleash plenty of movie-style havoc.

It's impossible to watch this without thinking of the cheesy, similarly styled TV series Rome or Spartacus, with their corny melodramas, excessive violence and bare flesh. Even though this is on a much bigger scale with seriously enormous 3D special effects, it's just as cheesy. And equally entertaining as well. Harington is terrific as the hunky hero, building much stronger chemistry with the honourable Akinnuoye-Agbaje than the distressed Browning. And seasoned veterans like Harris, Moss and Sutherland clearly have a great time chomping madly on the scenery as Pompeii burns.

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After being enslaved, Milo is made into a gladiator with indomitable strength. He is forced to compete in various games to fight to the death for the entertainment of the people of Pompeii. However, he faces new threats when he falls in love with Cassia, the daughter of an extremely wealthy  and powerful man, who is pushed into engagement with a barbaric Roman Senator. Not only that, but everyone faces a disaster of gargantuan proportions when fearsome volcano Mount Vesuvius erupts, engulfing the city in a cloud of smoke and showering it with boiling lava and scorching rock. Milo sets out to rescue his beloved Cassia as the city begins to tremble and crumble away, but just how invincible is he now?

This epic action adventure is set in 79 AD, Rome and is a timeless story of the power of love in the face of ultimate adversity. It has been directed by Paul W.S. Anderson ('Resident Evil', 'AVP: Alien  vs. Predator', 'Death Race') and among writing credits are Janet Scott Batchler and Lee Batchler ('Batman Forever'), Julian Fellowes ('Downton Abbey') and Michael Robert Johnson ('Sherlock Holmes'). 

'Pompeii' will explode onto cinema screens in the UK soon on February 21st 2014.

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