The setting is Pompeii in 79 AD as we follow a slave turned gladiator, who attempts to save the woman who sacrificed everything for him as Mount Vesuvius erupts and the city is destroyed. With Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris, Joe Pingue, Kiefer Sutherland, Dylan Schombing and Sasha Roiz. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. [1:38]
SEX/NUDITY 2 - Many men, mostly slaves and gladiators, are shown bare-chested throughout the movie. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs in several scenes; in one scene a woman's bare thigh is shown. We see several encased human bodies in full form, but no body parts are discernable.
► A man and a woman kiss passionately.
► Several slaves stand on pedestals while women look at them and touch them (one calls a slave a "fine specimen"); one woman asks about a slave's weaponry and the slave's owner says that she'll have to pay for that, which she does (possible sexual activity implied). A woman makes a comment to another woman that "He never laid a hand on you in Rome," and the other woman replies, "Because I left Rome."
► An older man seems familiar with a young woman and her father is disturbed by this; it turns out that they know each other and the man proposes marriage to her (she declines). A man makes reference to having been taken away from a "perfectly adequate brothel."
VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Flaming boulders from a volcano sail through the sky and crash into buildings and people causing explosions and we see people in flames running and screaming; a ship full of people in a harbor is struck by a flaming boulder and it breaks apart and sinks. Huge waves of lava flow over people: we see one man in embers and hear him screaming while others are washed over and disappear. A tsunami draws water back from a harbor and flips ships on their side throwing passengers overboard; the wave then pours into a city and washes many people away as others continue running to escape it; a young girl falls and others run over and around her until a man goes back for her and he runs carrying her. People on the streets are struck by falling rocks (one man is hit on the head and falls to the ground, presumably dead).
► A child awakens when he hears horses charging outside his shelter; he wanders outside to see men of his tribe being slashed and killed by many Roman guards and he watches a man (presumably his father) being stabbed to death; the boy's mother grabs him and she is struck by a horse and falls to the ground before being dragged away and forced to her knees where she is slashed across the shoulder and falls dead (no blood is evident but we hear the slash) as the child continues to watch.
► A man on horseback orders his men to "kill them all" and we see another man with a sword run several people being held on their knees through (we hear them shout and we hear the crunch; no blood is shown). A woman tells her husband to kill another man who is lying nearby unconscious; the husband raises a sword over the man but the man awakens and stabs the husband in the chest (we hear a crunch and see blood on his clothing (he dies). Many people crowd toward the harbor after a volcano erupts and one man orders his guards to kill them all so that he can pass (the guards stab the people).
► A man and a guard fight with swords and punches; they each slash each other a few times and blood is drawn; one man is stabbed in the stomach (we hear three crunches), he breaks the sword off in his gut and uses the broken shard to stab the other man in the throat (he gasps and falls dead). Two men fight with swords and one stabs the other through the arm (we see the bloody blade pass through the arm and he screams)
► Gladiators wearing armor in a small arena fight as people watch and we see a puddle of blood on the floor; one bare-chested man fights many others wearing armor and we see them stabbed and slashed and one falls backward into a pole laced with wooden spikes (we see blood on their wounds). A slave fights many other slaves in a dining hall; there are punches and kicks and one man's head is held under water in a large basin until he bites the fingers off the hand of the man holding him (we see blood on his mouth and the other man's bloody finger stumps are seen later).
► Slaves are shackled and chained to a pillar in the center of an arena and given weapons, many armed guards charge them and they fight in an extended scene where we see many men and guards slashed, run through and beaten (some blood is apparent): a man on horseback is struck by a thrown spear, other guards have clothes lined with a heavy chain and another is struck in the chest by a large thrown axe, and one guard and one slave face off and the guard is stabbed through the chest and falls to his knees. A slave and a guard fight until a man's blade breaks; the guard holds his sword to the man's throat and then orders him a new sword; the ground breaks from beneath their feet and they fall into an underground prison cell area where prisoners are released from their cells and they attack a guard (presumably beating him to death). A woman is knocked to the ground by a guard with a shield (she is OK). Two slaves fight many guards and we see several guards stabbed with spears and slashed with swords.
► A slave is tied up at the wrists and whipped repeatedly; he winces and we later see him with deep, bloody gashes on his back when another man pours wine over the wounds. The charred and smoldering hand of a dead person is shown.
► A man on horseback tries to take the horse to water but the horse is spooked when the water bubbles and spurts; the horse rears and throws the man on the ground and then charges off as the ground breaks away beneath the man's feet and he disappears into the water below. A horse rears and whinnies after a volcano rumbles and the ground shakes. A horse charges into a courtyard without its rider and rears and whinnies.
► We see many dead bodies hanging by the feet from a large tree (we see some blood on their wounds). We see a pile of dead bodies and blood is shown on wounds; we see a body move after a few minutes and a young boy climbs out from under the pile. A young woman finds her dead parents covered with debris and ash (we see blood on their faces and wounds).
► A horse drawn carriage lurches on a muddy road causing one of the horses to rear and break its leg (we hear a crack and the horse cries as it lies on the ground); a slave calms the horse and then breaks its neck to put it out of its misery. A young boy wanders into a forest and finds shelter under a tree limb where he falls asleep until two men find him and take him away; the boy bites one of the men on the hand and the man slaps the boy in the face. A slave pleads with his captor to unlock his shackles in order to help a horse; the man declines and punches the man hard in the face.
► Many slaves are led into an arena where they train with wooden swords; two men fight knocking each other to the ground and then wrestling on the ground until another man with a blade attempts to stab one of them in the back; one of the first two kicks the armed man in the face and he falls to the ground with a bloody mouth.
► A man handcuffs a young woman to a chariot and charges out of a city with another man on horseback chasing them; they both dodge many obstacles before the man strikes the woman in the face and he is thrown off the chariot and it crashes (the young woman is unharmed). A slave and a woman on horseback charge out of a stable and knock a guard to the ground; many other guards on horseback chase them and the man is later shown being held at sword point by the guards and a punishment is ordered (15 lashes). A man threatens to have a young woman's family "hang[ed] from the city walls."
► A huge arena begins to crumble as a nearby volcano blows plumes of ash and fireballs; people in the arena scream and stamped out of the arena and we see people falling being crushed under debris (we see a woman pinned under a statue and she has a bloody nose and mouth and she later dies). The ground rumbles, quakes and lurches in several scenes when a volcano becomes active; one scene shows food and wine being dumped off tables and a bust crashes to the floor; cracks appear in the ceiling of an arena as many people arrive for gladiator games. A wall in a storage area collapses onto a young woman trapped inside; she collapses and coughs from smoke accumulation (she is rescued). A woman falls as the ground beneath her feet breaks away and crashes into water below.
► Many slaves are chained together and led by men on horseback and on foot; one man uses a whip to get them to move when they slow down. Many chained slaves are marched into a prison area and are then forced into cells. A young woman is grabbed by guards and taken to a storage building, and then shoved to the floor and locked inside (she appears unharmed). Many villagers in a market place turn their backs on a senator and his legion as they march by indicating their displeasure.
► Several scenes show heavy ash falling around human bodies encased in volcanic rock. Slaves are shown with scaring on their bodies and faces and a few are shown with brands on their bodies.
► A slave tells another slave, "We are going to have to kill each other at some point." A slave tells another slave, "Your death will be quick and it will come from my hand." A reference is made to many people imagining at the time of the volcanic eruption that "There are no gods left." A slave says, "I'll spit in the eye of Rome." A slave tells another slave that he will not be alive to claim his freedom. During the introduction to a re-enactment of a battle a reference is made to rape and slaughter.
► Slaves are shown eating from bowls of slop. A man spits and we see saliva leave his mouth.
PROFANITY 2 - 1 possible anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (ignorant pig, savage, drunkards, arrogant men, animals, scum, fine specimen, barbarian, cowards ), exclamation (bloody), 1 religious exclamation (Jupiter's [could not discern the second word]). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks wine at a gladiator games event, people hold goblets that are presumably filled with wine at a celebration, a slave drinks a cup of wine after pouring some of the back of another slave who had just been whipped (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details), and a carriage driver says, "There are drunkards everywhere" as they drive through a marketplace.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Rome, Pompeii, Rebellion of the Celtic Horse Tribe, slavery, gladiators, disasters, volcanoes, promises, freedom, death of family members, power, corruption, murder.
MESSAGE - Mount Vesuvius' eruption was inescapable and deadly for the citizens of Pompeii; natural disasters can devastate humanity and civilization.