POMPEII Movie Trailer Starring GAME OF THRONES’ Kit Harington

Due to theaters in February of 2014, Pompeii, starring Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Emily Browning (A Series of Unfortunate Events), and Kiefer Sutherland, is an epic romantic adventure sure to draw audiences in from the cold. Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii  follows the story of Milo (Harington), a gladiator who was once a slave, as he tries to save his true love Cassia, played by Browning, from her engagement to an evil Roman senator (Sutherland). Not only does Milo face the adversity of evil, but he also faces that of Mother Nature as well, as the beloved city of Pompeii lies at the base of the erupting Mount Vesuvius.

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As you will see from the recently released trailer, Pompeii will surely be a treat for the eyes. Produced, and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, who also produced the Resident Evil collection, Pompeii appears to capture the ideal look and feel of Italy from long ago. From the short glimpse of the film provided by the trailer, the sets are absolutely beautiful, and because this movie is being offered in 3-D, the audience may actually believe they’ve been transported back in time to the actual location even though the film was shot in Toronto.

Because this movie is historically based, the ending of the film is probably not what will intrigue most of the viewers. However, the vested interest of Anderson adds something history books probably can’t deliver when discussing the tragedy from long ago. In fact, according to producing partner Jeremy Bolt, Anderson actually began this project in 2008 after a long love affair with Roman culture and history. With the help of CG, Anderson strived to keep Pompeii as historically accurate as possible short of using a tow operator to dig up and delivering pieces of the actual city. Producers traveled back and forth to Italy, taking scans and photos of everything to ensure an exact duplication of the city itself. Real world references were also researched to capture the real-life experience of the volcanic eruption.

Of course, this movie is not strictly for history buffs. Because of the basic storyline, this film appears to offer something for everyone. For those who love action, there is at least one gladiator scene as well as the explosion of a volcano. There is a blossoming love for the romantics and drama throughout as Milo races against time to escape his city before it is completely destroyed. From the looks of the trailer, there will not be a quiet moment throughout the entire film.

If you are looking for the first great movie of 2014, Pompeii shows promise of winning such a title based on this trailer. From the passion of the producers to the talents of the cast and the magnitude of the sets, there is the potential for a great film here. Come February, we will know if Pompeii lives up to the hype and Anderson delivers the historical adaptation he is aiming for.

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