Pompeii (2014 PG-13) may seem to be a love story set during a volcano eruption. But actually the movie is about power. Power, and many fight scenes between men with lots of muscles.
Here is a list of the players, from most powerful to least:
Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland) as the senator from Rome, is the most powerful person. He uses his power to force a girl to agree to marry him.
Proculus (Sasha Roiz) also is powerful as Corvus’ highest ranking Roman soldier. But he only gets to show his power in protecting Corvus. We never know what he wants for himself.
Severus (Jared Harris) and Aurelia (Carrie-Anne Moss) are the power couple of Pompeii, a successful businessman pitching a construction project to Senator Corvus. He must adapt to Corvus’ wishes, even if it means giving his unwilling daughter in marriage.
Daughter Cassia (Emily Browning) holds power over her servant Ariadne (Jessica Lucas), but in their relationship Ariadne is more like a supportive friend.
Graecus (Joe Pingue, not pictured) is in charge of the entertainment and bosses around Bellator (Currie Graham, not pictured), who is in charge of keeping the gladiators ready to fight. Yet when Graceus brings a problem to businessman Severus, he is commanded to put on the show anyway.
Those with the least power are the ones who were stolen from their families and raised to fight. This is their story. Atticus (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) is about to age out of fighting, after one more fight with Milo (Kit Harington). The action turns when these two decide not to be powerless any more, and to decide their own fate.
If you’ve ever had someone boss you around, or if you’ve ever been kept from doing something you want, then you can relate in a small way with most of the characters in this movie. And, in the movie, the bad guys lose. Fun movie!