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Gladiator (2000)

Written By Awir Aditya on Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 2:42 AM

Genre: Action/Drama/History/Adventure

Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielson, Djimon Honsou

The Romans conquered almost all of Europe. They wanted to free the world of barbarians and bring about civilisation. What they didn't realise is that there lifestyle was quite barbarous itself. Maximus (Corwe) a general serving the Roman Army, was chosen to be successor by its then ruler Marcul Aurelius. This did not go down well with his Marcus Aurelius' son Commodus (Phoenix) who murdered his own father. Marcus was banished from the empire and became a slave. His fighting skills brought him under the ownership of an entertainer, who made him a gladiator to fight within the Colosseum at Rome. The people of Rome loved him and he soon won the heart of the mob and of Lucilla (Nielson) Commodus' sister. Maximus was a noble servant of Rome, and wanted to end the era of monarchy and make Rome a republic once more. He only wanted to fulfill the wish of deceased king, whom he honoured and loved. The Romans lived for honour, and that was brought out well in the movie. The good part was that the character of Maximus was not shown as an invincible hero, with insane fighting abilities and the power to do anything. The movie on the other hand lacked the inspirational feel and felt a tad too lose. A more heightened climax would have helped to a certain extent.

Thumbs up: Russell Crowe, character costumes
Thumbs down: Needs a bit more drama and energy

Rating: 7.9/10

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