Pompeii

I’d like to say that the 43 minutes I managed to watch of this was 43 minutes of my life I will never get back however as I was on a flight at the time, at least I didn’t have to pay for it.

As a movie … dreadful. It’s sort of like the Poseidon Adventure with Gladiators. We all know Vesuvius is going to chuck a wobbly so we keep flashing from Pompeii and the shenanigans there to the volcano – an expanding lake, a big bubble, the red lava bubbling away in the cone, the earthquakes, yep, all that stuff.

So, basically our hero sees his family butchered by the Romans and then is captured by slavers. He ends up in the gladiator ring where he is known as the Celt. There is lots of 21st century morality floating around and of course Rome sucks!

We’ve got your evil Senator trying to get in the toga of the local Pompeiian property developer’s daughter. There’s also the nasty general responsible for necking the Celt’s family. The decent gladiator the Celt is supposed to fight to win his freedom ends up being an ally, the only thing missing is Spartacus!

I would like to provide more about the movie, whack in a couple of spoilers but really, I couldn’t watch any more so changed channels to watch Mr Peabody and Sherman.

On a scale of 1 to 10, this is a Z!

However, I should mention that Mr Peabody and Sherman was a winner, a much better movie and one that kids and geeks would enjoy. A great movie really, with some interesting time travel conundrums – remember the way back WABAC machine?

On a six hour something minute flight it was possible to catch up on a lot of TV viewing, especially when not wasting time on Pompeii. Several episodes of the Big Bang Theory managed to get me up to date. The most interesting new thing I saw was episode one of Fleming, a series I will need to pay more attention to.

This was on Singapore Airlines. The weirdest thing though was the Maserati advertisement before the shows. Maserati? In economy class? Down the back with the chooks? Really?

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