Rating: PG-13, for intense battle sequences, disaster-related action and brief sexual content.
This telling of the ancient eruption of Mount Vesuvius is a massively violent PG-13 disaster movie — albeit with the benefit of slick, computer-generated effects. Hunky gladiators beat their opponents to a pulp and slice and dice each other with their mighty swords. Stabbings, impalings, beheadings — name a brutal method for men to destroy each other and it’s probably in here. And that’s long before the volcano goes boom and starts shooting fireballs at the unsuspecting citizens of Pompeii. In the midst of the mayhem, bland young lovers Milo (Kit Harington) and Cassia (Emily Browning) scurry to survive — but they still find time to ogle each other and cuddle through the smoke and soot. There were kids at the screening I attended who were probably around 8 years old, but I wouldn’t bring a child to see this movie. I wouldn’t bring anyone, for that matter.