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Gladiator

A 2000 movie starring Russell Crowe

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  • Jan 27, 2002
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Many years ago, Hollywood mass produced epic movies that were not only monuments of spectacle, but also contained meaningful messages that gave films moral magnitude as well. There are several reasons why Hollywood stopped making epic movies and just a few short years ago the great movie epic was said to be dead.

Well, the great movie epic is back. It began with BRAVEHEART in 1995 and reached new and different heights with SAVING PRIVATE RYAN in 1998. The tradition coninues with GLADIATOR.

GLADIATOR is the story of Maximus, a fictional Roman general. Maximus is the greatest of all Rome's generals. A dying Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, chooses a reluctant Maximus as his heir. However, the Emperor's son, Commodus, has different ideas. Therefore, instead of the Imperial Palace in Rome, Maximus soon finds himself as a slave sold as a gladiator fighting to stay alive on the fringes of the Empire. Maximus is chosen to fight in Rome and from there he plots how to revenge himself against Commodus and make Rome a republic again.

Russell Crowe plays Maximus and one word need only be said: amazing. After stellar performances in L.A. CONFIDENTIAL and THE INSIDER, GLADIATOR has cemented Crowe's place with the top echelon of Hollywood's elite. Other noteworthy performances include that of the late Oliver Reed, who plays the gladiator owner/trainer, and Djimon Hounson, who plays Maximus' gladiator friend.

Director Ridley Scott has revived the "Roman movie" with this awesome epic. The melding of great performances, visual scenery, special effects, and sound story is a testimony of Scott's skill as a filmmaker.

GLADIATOR also contains a moral message. Maximus is a religious man; yes a pagan, but a religious one nonetheless. He is tossed around the wheel of fortune, yet ends the film as he began: a man of integrity and honor. All must die. Yet, it is how we live our lives that makes a difference. That's a lesson, especially in our current troubled times, that's worth hearing (and seeing) again and again.

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January 02, 2011
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review by . September 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
From the moment the movie starts the imagery grabs the audience and draws them in with action.  The movie keeps the audience interested in what is going on with strong performances of Russel Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Neilsen, Djimon Hounsou, and many others.  All emotions were felt as real from the actors.  The fight scenes were filmed showing the power and the emotion of the soldiers, not just the fighting for the sake of it.   Crowe's performance brought me close …
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This is one of the few that touched my heart to much that it made me cry.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
One of my top 10 i love this movie i own it on Blu-Ray you will enjoy this..
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
favorite line: what you do in life echoes in eternity
review by . May 17, 2009
Gladiator is an overrated nightmare. Whoever wrote this screenplay did not research their history very well. The acting was mediocre and it's filled with numerous flaws and wholesale gaps of logic. I hate when film makers do this. Why not make it a farce. People (like me) would have accepted it as such if they did. If you're going to do a report or a research paper on the Roman Empire, you'll fail if you copy from this movie. But, I was impressed with the recreation of the games in the Roman Colosseum.  & …
review by . May 27, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
Gladiator is one of my favorite movies. It has action, drama, great cinematography, outstanding fight scenes, love, great acting, and most importantly, it's a great story.For those who haven't seen it I don't want to give away the entire plot. Briefly, Maximus, the virtuous and victorious commander of the Roman army over the Visigoths, is asked by the dying Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, to become the protectorate of Rome upon his death and return the rule of law to the Senate, making Rome once again …
review by . August 12, 2003
My rating indicates my regard for this film in terms of its entertainment value. The plot is essentially uncomplicated and too often predictable. There is almost no character development. And there is only one conflict, really, whose resolution occurs long after the most thrilling action has occurred. However, Russell Crowe's performance as Maximus is (no pun intended) commanding, the special effects are first-rate, and -- from beginning to end -- this film is visually stunning. The plot (such as …
review by . March 28, 2001
Gladiator has somehow garnered adulation. It snagged the Oscar for Best Picture (no mean feat), made lots of money, and collected a reasonable share of critical acclaim. But even after watching it (twice), I steadfastly stick to my conclusion that Gladiator is not a great movie...not even a good one.Gladiator holds promise for a heroic story with a liberal dosing of medieval battles. In the end, I am left with a feeling that the film is a blatant retread of Braveheart and other more successful varieties …
review by . February 23, 2001
Goodbye, to another hard hit-negative review. Here is the revision of a review written months ago. Gladiator is a delivery of a story told in the form of many movies, but not in character. Maximus is a man troubled with loves past and desires nothing but to go home once the barbarians are destroyed. Before granting his wish the Emporer asks him to take rule of Rome, Leaving his own son without a throne. Joaquin Pheonix plays a terrific sadistic maniac that would do anything to claim the throne, …
review by . September 07, 2000
Pros: Non-stop action, good plot twists     Cons: Minor plot hicups     The Roman Empire, third and largest of the three ancient Western Empires (Greece and Egypt being the other two), was at a turning point at the time of Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus death in 177 AD (CE). Emperor of the Roman Empire from 161 to 180, Marcus Aurelius (his shortened name), was considered an accomplished leader who was responsible for securing the Roman …
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Ridley Scott (BLADE RUNNER, ALIEN) transports Hollywood to second-century Rome in this rousing historical epic that proudly hearkens back to such films as BEN-HUR and SPARTACUS. Russell Crowe plays Maximus, a Roman general who leads the troops in conquering Germania for the empire. When an aging Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) tells Maximus that he'd like him to rule Rome once he's gone, a classic confrontation ensues between the brave and charming soldier--who wants to return home to his wife, son, and farm--and the jealous and conniving Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), the emperor's only son, who is thirsty for power. Bought as a slave by the profiteering Proximo (Oliver Reed, in his last role), Maximus must kill or be killed in the ring, battling to save not only himself but the future of the very empire that he loves and honors. The film features a terrific battle sequence (that recalls the beginning of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN), huge crowd scenes of thousands of people, and even a little romance, albeit mostl...
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