From the tongue in cheek Mortal Kombat, to the by the numbers brain emptying enjoyment of Soldier, and while his best effort came early in his career with horror sci-fi flick Event Horizon, Paul W.S. Anderson usually manages to still make entertaining popcorn flicks.
Now with his new film Pompeii, he seems to have removed a lot of these elements and gone for the standard disaster movie approach.
A slave turned gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.
The slave in question is Milo, played by everyone’s favorite Northerner from Game of Thrones, Kit Harington. Emily Browning is on romance duty playing his love Cassia, and Kiefer Sutherland pops up as Senator Corvis.
Let’s take a look at the Pompeii trailer and following that the recent Super Bowl Trailer Teaser:
As disaster movies go the trailer ticks all the boxes. Stuff flies out at you from every direction and if people are not getting flattened by debris they are getting covered in molten lava and ash. The poster for the movie seems to be trying to make this a date movie, with the romance element of the two kissing in front of a super romantic volcano.
However, it all just seems a little farmiliar with a big dollop of déjà vu. Reused plots are fine, but this feels like watching Titanic mixed with Gladiator. This film is a 3D release, but with a lot of dark colors on screen the 2D version may be the one to watch.
With only these two short trailers out at the moment, we’re not overly impressed yet, but we like the cast so we’re holding out hope the movie is better than it looks.
Pompeii erupts into theaters on February 21, 2014.
Images: Sony Pictures