Gladiator movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Epic battle sequences, engaging story and brilliant acting; Gladiator is definitely worth the awards. It’s a very violent but frequently entertaining movie, starring Russell Crowe and being best for teens.


When former Roman General is relegated to fight till death as a gladiator, he sets out to exact revenge against the corrupt emperor who killed his family and sent him into slavery.

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Movie details

Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, Richard Harris, Tommy Flanagan
Writer: David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson
Release Date (Australia): 4 May 2000
Runtime: 155 minutes/2h 35m
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film contains themes of betrayal and includes brief discussions of the crucifixion and burning of a character’s wife and child.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains battle sequences that feature bloody depictions of people being stabbed with swords and injured.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film includes infrequent use of the word “whore” and a use of the word “s**t”.

Sex (PG)

The film contains a verbal reference to “moaning like a whore”.

mpaa rating

R (for intense, graphic combat)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Gladiator’s insanely brutal battles and incredibly moving storytelling assembles an extraordinarily masterful experience at the cinema. Ridley Scott’s epic is certainly not perfect, but it’s simply just breathtaking how striking the entire story is and how brutally astonishing the gladiator battles are, even though the high ratings suggested just that.

Russell Crowe executes one hell of an engaging protagonist, whilst Joaquin Phoenix delivers such an antagonist we love to hate! Apart from the draggy section of the film relating to the escape plan, majority of the subject matter and elements discovered in Gladiator are never clichéd and always manage to entertain and move. Although it’s worth the entire 155 minutes, it could’ve been necessarily cropped.

Gladiator is also very engrossing with the visual nature of it. The battles are violent and impressively realistic, but are actually a lot more absorbing than the action in other similar films. Teenagers and adults will surely never forget this masterful and very watchable blockbuster.

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