Gladiator movie poster

Rome's greatest general, Maximus, reduced to a slave (Minimus, that would be), then resurrected as a star of the sporting arena (not necessarily Circus Maximus). Throwback historical epic with all the modern amenities: overamplified digital sound, computer-generated sets, blue-rinsed and butter-basted photography, herky-jerky hallucinatory slow-motion, time-lapse clouds, music-video-style dream scenes, Jackson Pollock dribbles and sprays of gore — and no narrative facility whatever. With Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, and Oliver Reed; directed by Ridley Scott. 2000.

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