Thursday, January 23, 2014
Movie Review: Gladiator
My Thoughts: This historical action film was a huge box office success, and it’s easy to see why. It has memorable characters, from the heroic general who is brutally betrayed and seeks vengeance to the spoiled brat emperor whose wickedness causes great suffering. The story, about an enslaved gladiator daring to defy the most powerful man in the world, is compelling. The action sequences are elaborate, yet add to the story rather than being the main attraction.
Content Overview: The violence is intense and bloody, and while it doesn’t get overly graphic, it might be too much even for some adult viewers. Several mild swear words pop up. A few sexual references appear, including about incest, prostitution, and rape, and though not all of them are mild, none are explicit. The paganism of Rome and surrounding cultures, and its spiritual implications, affect a significant amount of the story.