A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his peopl... read moree, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences. His battle skills serve him well, and he becomes one of the most famous and admired men to fight in the Colosseum. Determined to avenge himself against the man who took away his freedom and laid waste to his family, Maximus believes that he can use his fame and skill in the ring to avenge the loss of his family and former glory. As the gladiator begins to challenge his rule, Commodus decides to put his own fighting mettle to the test by squaring off with Maximus in a battle to the death. Gladiator also features Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou, and Oliver Reed, who died of a heart attack midway through production. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
. I can see why this movie won an oscar for the best picture due to its historical accuracy, action, and art direction but overall this movie fell flat!
Reviewed 57 days days ago
. The ending's kinda dumb for me though. It takes away the whole historical mode of it!
Reviewed 19 months days ago
Splendid but affected slightly by historical shortcomings.
Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Bravehea... read morert, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty years later, a man educated both in the classics and in the art of war. There he finds his childhood sweetheart Murron (Catherine McCormack), and the two quickly fall in love. There are murmurs of revolt against the English throughout the village, but Wallace remains aloof, wishing simply to tend to his crops and live in peace. However, when his love is killed by English soldiers the day after their secret marriage (held secretly so as to prevent the local English lord from exercising the repulsive right of prima noctae, the privilege of sleeping with the bride on the first night of the marriage), he springs into action and single-handedly slays an entire platoon of foot soldiers. The other villagers join him in destroying the English garrison, and thus begins the revolt against the English in what will eventually become full-fledged war. Wallace eventually leads his fellow Scots in a series of bloody battles that prove a serious threat to English domination and, along the way, has a hushed affair with the Princess of Wales (the breathtaking Sophie Marceau) before his imminent demise. For his efforts, Gibson won the honor of Best Director from the Academy; the movie also took home statuettes for Best Picture, Cinematography, Makeup, and Sound Effects. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi
"The Golden Age" finds Queen Elizabeth I facing bloodlust for her throne and familial betrayal. Grow... read moreing keenly aware of the changing religious and political tides of late 16th century Europe, Elizabeth finds her rule openly challenged by the Spanish King Philip II--with his powerful army and sea-dominating armada--determined to restore England to Catholicism. Preparing to go to war to defend her empire, Elizabeth struggles to balance ancient royal duties with an unexpected vulnerability in her love for Sir Walter Raleigh. But he remains forbidden for a queen who has sworn body and soul to her country. Unable and unwilling to pursue her love, Elizabeth encourages her favorite lady-in-waiting, Bess, to befriend Raleigh to keep him near. But, this strategy forces Elizabeth to observe their growing intimacy. As she charts her course abroad, her trusted advisor, Sir Francis Walsingham, continues his masterful puppetry of Elizabeth's court at home--and her campaign to solidify absolute power. Through an intricate spy network, Walsingham uncovers an assassination plot that could topple the throne. But as he unmasks traitors that may include Elizabeth's own cousin Mary Stuart, he unknowingly sets England up for destruction.
. Historical movies should be more accurate especially when historical fact makes for a better movie.
Reviewed 16 months days ago
...thought was over dramatised at times...not sure of the historical accuracy but was a fun watch
Reviewed 2 years days ago
. This film had a decent story that really happened, but there are so many historical innaccuracies that it almost ruins it. I am not the kind of person who hates a period pi
Carice van Houten
A proud military man, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg is a loyal officer who serves his country all t... read morehe while hoping that someone will find a way to stop Hitler before Europe and Germany are destroyed. Realizing that time is running out, he decides that he must take action himself and joins the German resistance. Armed with a cunning strategy to use Hitler's own emergency plan--known as Operation Valkyrie--these men plot to assassinate the dictator and over-throw his Nazi government from the inside. With everything in place, with the future of the world, the fate of millions and the lives of his wife and children hanging in the balance, Stauffenberg is thrust from being one of many who oppose Hitler to the one who must kill Hitler himself.
s) maintains a crisp pace as the plotters set out to kill the fuhrer with a briefcase bomb, and the historical details of the botched coup, which exploited one of Hitler's own contingency plans to mob
Reviewed 6 months days ago
. It's more of a historical drama with some thrilling moments. I'm sure that blend will work for people who are more
Reviewed 14 days days ago
Extremely well done fact-based historical thriller about an attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler and take control of Nazi German by
Biopic of the beautiful Queen of France who became a symbol for the wanton extravagance of the 18th ... read morecentury monarchy, and was stripped of her riches and finery, imprisoned and beheaded by her own subjects during the French Revolution that began in 1789.
ests that her highly stylized interpretation was intentionally very modern in order to humanise the historical figures involved. She admitted taking great artistic liberties with the source material,
Reviewed 5 months days ago
. The historical facts are some what ... so-so but all in all the costumes were wonderful and the cast was
Reviewed 4 months days ago
Obviously Sofia Coppola was more interested in giving her characters a particular feel instead of historical authenticity, and I must say that the naturalness these actors brought was a welcome inje
This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R... read more.M.S Titanic and the tragic sea disaster of April 15, 1912. Running over three hours and made with the combined contributions of two major studios (20th Century-Fox, Paramount) at a cost of more than $200 million, Titanic ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its release, and became the most successful. Writer-director James Cameron employed state-of-the-art digital special effects for this production, realized on a monumental scale and spanning eight decades. Inspired by the 1985 discovery of the Titanic in the North Atlantic, the contemporary storyline involves American treasure-seeker Brock Lovett (Bill Paxton) retrieving artifacts from the submerged ship. Lovett looks for diamonds but finds a drawing of a young woman, nude except for a necklace. When 102-year-old Rose (Gloria Stuart) reveals she's the person in the portrait, she is summoned to the wreckage site to tell her story of the 56-carat diamond necklace and her experiences of 84 years earlier. The scene then shifts to 1912 Southampton where passengers boarding the Titanic include penniless Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio) and society girl Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet), returning to Philadelphia with her wealthy fiance Cal Hockley (Billy Zane). After the April 10th launch, Rose develops a passionate interest in Jack, and Cal's reaction is vengeful. At midpoint in the film, the Titanic slides against the iceberg and water rushes into the front compartments. Even engulfed, Cal continues to pursue Jack and Rose as the massive liner begins its descent. Cameron launched the project after seeing Robert Ballard's 1987 National Geographic documentary on the wreckage. Blueprints of the real Titanic were followed during construction at Fox's custom-built Rosarito, Mexico studio, where a hydraulics system moved an immense model in a 17-million-gallon water tank. During three weeks aboard the Russian ship Academik Keldysh, underwater sequences were filmed with a 35mm camera in a titanium case mounted on the Russian submersible Mir 1. When the submersible neared the wreck, a video camera inside a remote-operated vehicle was sent into the Titanic's 400-foot bow, bringing back footage of staterooms, furniture and chandeliers. On November 1, 1997, the film had its world premiere at the 10th Tokyo International Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
. It isn't the most historically accurate film (I love ocean liners, so I know). We know how it's going to end. I haven'
Reviewed 4 months days ago
he idea of a romance taking place on Titanic would be strange, and take away from the realistic and historical aspects of it. Well, because of its length, it doesn't. There's a lot to appreciate beyon
Reviewed 5 days days ago
. I was hoping for more of a historical flick, not Romeo and Juliet on a ship!
Homer's sprawling tale of love and war in ancient Greece comes to the screen in all its grandeur in ... read morethis epic-scale adventure. In 1193 B.C., Paris, Prince of Troy (Orlando Bloom), has fallen in love; however, the beautiful woman who has beguiled him is Helen, Queen of Sparta (Diane Kruger), who is wed to King Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson). While Helen is hardly immune to Paris' charms, this doesn't blunt Menelaus' fury when Paris steals her away from him. Menelaus' brother Agamemnon (Brian Cox), the power-hungry king of the Mycenaeans, is eager to expand his empire through Troy to the lands of the Aegean Sea, and he uses Paris' romantic slight against Menelaus as an excuse to wage an all-out war against the great walled city. Priam, King of Troy (Peter O'Toole), summons his armies, led by Prince Hector (Eric Bana), to meet the onslaught of Agamemnon's forces, but while the great city has yet to yield in a battle, Agamemnon has a formidable ally -- Achilles (Brad Pitt), a mighty and seemingly unstoppable warrior whose presence could tip the scales in Agamemnon's favor. Sean Bean, Julie Christie, Saffron Burrows, and Rose Byrne highlight the film's supporting cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
A sweeping, vast epic. A sprawling historical achievement that sweeps you off of your feet. A landmark in historical filmmaking, a tho
Reviewed 13 months days ago
that would transpire on film were transcribed in some form or fashion for entertainment (some argue historical) purposes. You're absolutely right. At some point in your life you may have seen this sto
Reviewed 14 months days ago
I don't care about the historical accuracies of this movie because I loved it and can watch it over and over again! One que
Kingdom of Heaven is an epic adventure about a common man who finds himself thrust into a decades-lo... read moreng war. A stranger in a strange land, he serves a doomed king, falls in love with an exotic and forbidden queen, and rises to knighthood. Ultimately, he must protect the people of Jerusalem from overwhelming forces - while striving to keep a fragile peace.
lando Bloom portrays the charisma for a character on an adventure, but since Kingdom of Heaven is a historical epic, the best word to describe him would be miscast. He tries, but he doesn't try hard e
Reviewed 12 months days ago
nd cinemetography/visuals dripping with eye candy along with intricate plot/character relations and historical context.
All that would already make a great film but what really tops it off is the fil
Reviewed 2 years days ago
Lacks historical accuracy, emotional intensity, acting skill, great battles or solid characters. Otherwise
Cuba Gooding Jr.,
Set during the time of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, two childhood friends are caught up in ... read morethe events that draw the United States into World War II. Together, they enlist in the US Air Force and soon enough they both become involved with the same woman.
Historical Bayhem! Am I allowed to enjoy the Team America song about it, but still quite enjoy the
Reviewed 7 months days ago
. But many serious filmgoers cannot forgive its historical inaccuracies, shaky acting, and inconvenient influences from box-office hits from Saving
Reviewed 8 months days ago
A good movie however, the historical events portrayed were flawed with many inaccuracies and a big fan of Ben, Josh, and Kate,