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Member Name: superfly
Date: 28/05/00, updated on 28/05/00 (26 review reads)
Advantages: A brilliant epic!
Disadvantages: Too long!
It had been a long time since an epic had come to the silver screen...well done! The photography, screenplay and costumes are amazing and this is basically a love story with plenty of blood and violence for the lads. A hard topic to film, but very well executed and it had been years since there was a good Roman times movie.
In a nutshell, Maximus is the Roman General turned Gladiator turned saviour of the Roman empire. After a dispute over the succession, Comodus (as he believes) banishes Maximus to a cold blooded death and executes his family. Maximus is enslaved and returns as a gladiator and in an act of revenge a la Shakespeare, becomes the Roman hero that saves the nation from the evil grip of Caeser Comodus. Brilliant acting by Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix.
The movie is well delivered and very well filmed, although its length was of epic proportions, it maybe was too long! Apart from that a must see...