Paul WS Anderson’s Pompeii – Trailer25.08.13 # Trailers # 3 Comments
How soon is too soon in exploiting human tragedy for the sake of drama? Well, given the recent trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana, not to mention the likes of World Trade Center and Titanic, roughly 2,000 years on is probably a safe bet.
Okay, that might be taking the premise a little seriously for a Paul WS Anderson film: regardless of the setting, whether it’s an apocalyptic future plagued by mutated zombies or 17th Century Paris under the command of Cardinal Richelieu, the emphasis is going to be less on social studies than on schlocky, genre-based fun.
Even so, it’s one thing to show an event that turned a lot of people into hollow ash sculptures, another thing to fetishize their remains to quite this degree. When a voiceover solemnly intones, “Some prayed for help, many wished for death”, while the camera artistically pans around a human plaster cast, it can’t help but feel a wee bit distasteful. The ethereal Shrek-style vocal melody, though: that’s classy.
Still, we’ve got a soulful Kit Harrington striding from the shadow, ripped and shirtless (and sporting that same flouncy yet unkempt hair style from Game of Thrones) and a voluptuous Emily Browning. There are pounding drums, chariot races, Vesuvius arcing with fire and taking out ships on the sea of Naples Bay. A natural disaster worthy of Dante’s Peak and gladiatorial combat that recalls 300? You know what, count us in.
Pompeii is due out sometime in February 2014.