Pompeii is the story of the destruction of the city of Pompeii in 79 A.D. due to the eruption of mount Vesuvius. It is also a love story between a gladiator and a beautiful woman belonging to the Roman aristocracy.
Cassia is the daughter of a rich merchant and is to be married against her will to a corrupt Roman Senator. She crosses paths with Milo, a Celtic slave from Britannia turned gladiator and falls in love with him. Mount Vesuvius erupts and Milo who is stuck in the arena tries to save his beloved Cassia as Pompeii is getting destroyed by the eruption.
The special effects in the movie are excellent. Viewers get to see the city of Pompeii as it was before and after the eruption (we recommend you watch this movie first if you ever plan a visit to Pompeii). There are beautiful shots of Roman life and activity in first century Pompeii. You can almost watch the movie as if it were a documentary. It is worth noting that the reconstruction of the city in the movie is based on the actual ruins of the city. Here again, efforts were made in order to respect the layout of the city and bring it back to life thanks to amazing computer generated images. The movie is also available in 3D and was actually marketed as "Pompeii in 3D".
Overall, Pompeii is an entertaining movie to watch and we truly appreciate the accurate depiction of the city of Pompeii and the amazing special effects. The great thing about recent ancient Rome movies is the use of computer generated images something that just did not exist back in the 1960s back when peplum movies (also known as "sword-and-sandal" movies) were very popular.