Paul W.S. Anderson
I like Kit Harrington, mainly because Iím a huge GAME OF THRONES fan, and because he looked and acted like Jon Snow here. Iím also a huge Kiefer Sutherland fan, but damn if he didnít just feel ďoffĒ in this movie. I canít quite put my finger on why (though the accent didnít help), but I just wasnít feeling him here, which is a shame. Loved seeing Mr. Eko though, despite knowing full well how his story arc would end. Havenít seen Carrie-Anne Moss in ages, not that it matters as her and Jared Harris are both wasted characters. And yes, Babydollís still go it. Sheís a lot hotter as a blonde though.
POMPEII is phenomenal, visually, as far as disaster films go, but again, itís nothing that hasnít already been done. I couldnít help but wonder as I watched the level of danger progress with the volcano, how in the hell nobody seemed to notice a gargantuan mountain of fire slowly coming to life? Sure, I might be persuaded to believe that people were caught up in the games, but youíd think theyíd have scouts watching for signs as a ďjust in caseĒ precautionóIt IS a volcano after all. But hey, thatís just me. Aside from that, I dug the fighting, but had to laugh when Sutherlandís character was riding a three horse wide chariot down a road with no obstacles whatsoever in the midst of all hell breaking loose. Thatís just how Jack Bauer rolls.
Deleted/Alternate Scenes: Twenty-three minutes of nothing really, save for an extra couple moments of Kiefer Sutherlandís character being a huge dick, which I suppose is better than nothing.
The Assembly: Paul W.S. Anderson and cast weigh in about their roles and the importance of chemistry between leads. Iíll agree that at the very least, the leads had good chemistry.
The Journey: Anderson gives us the 411 on Pompeiiís history and what makes it such an unmistakable jewel of a story. Iíd love to see it with my own eyes someday.
The Costume Shop: The costume designer leads us through the vast amount of cool wardrobe and talks about getting the historical accuracy correct. I was impressed with the armor and set pieces.
The Volcanic Eruption: This is where the film shines, despite arriving in the third act. The natural disaster element of this flick was beyond impressive so I still donít fully understand how they didnít see this one coming.
The Gladiators: Well, itís no SPARTACUS (but letís be honest, nothing ever will be), but the filmís gladiators were impressive and fun watch. No complaints there.
Pompeii: Buried in Time: Much like the previous ďJourneyĒ, Anderson goes a bit more in-depth in the historical department. Pretty interesting if youíre into it.
Previews: There are a slew of trailers as well as 3D Blu-ray and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.