Excerpt: In this movie from Ridley Scott, Russel Crowe plays Maximus Decimus Meridius, a successful Roman general who is loved by his troops and is chosen by Marcus Aurelius to become the new Caesar as Marcus believes his son Commodus is not fit for the job.
Excerpt: Even more disappointing, this is one of my favorite movies, and while it's an improvement over the DVD releases, the over-processed image is plagued with edge enhancement and too much digital manipulation.
Conclusion: There's no denying 'Gladiator' is a great movie. Ridley Scott's masterfully directed, impeccably mounted epic never fails to thrill the senses, and even with a controversial video transfer, it's still an exhilarating Blu-ray experience.
Excerpt: The Film Click to enlarge image to full size In 2000, the sword and sandal epic was a dead genre. After 2000... well, I�m still not convinced it was in rude health. It did, however, enjoy a brief return to triumph that year in the form of Gladiator , an action-packed, swashbuckling updating of an...
Conclusion: Gladiator presents a rather simply story -- one man's quest for revenge -- but adds plenty of combat, several intriguing political layers, and a romantic subtext along the way. Revenge is a tale as old as time, a staple of fiction -- and history -- that seems to bring with it an everlasting allure...
Excerpt: Gladiator opens with a massive battle between the Romans and the last of a barbarian horde. It is seven minutes in, and director Ridley Scott has the audience in his hands. The battle is huge, with catapults flinging flaming ammunition at a nearly defenseless army.
Excerpt: Elva år efter premiären kan man konstatera att Ridley Scotts episka muskelbygge fortfarande med råge håller som bred filmunderhållning. Mycket vilja och en hel del själ samsas med spektakulära stridscener och idealtypisk romarjargong i en väl lång med ofta oerhört underhållande blockbuster.