Is it wrong to root for the volcano?
Parmageddon is nigh in this cheesy action melodrama that feels both overheated with plot developments, yet strangely curdled from a lack of histrionics that might have redeemed it as fun trash.
Narrative has never been Anderson's strength; the story here is a corny overhaul of James Cameron's already-corny Titanic.
No matter how much lava is afoot, there's always time to impale one more person with a sword.
A mindless but watchable fondue pot of high-calorie visuals and ready-made plotting ...
More fun than any civilization's fiery extinction should ever be, Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii 3-D is gloriously exciting kitsch - a poor man's Titanic crossed with an even poorer man's Gladiator.
Pompeii, the new historical-kitsch disaster movie, raises the question: Is there something about ancient classical settings that inspires actors to act badly?
Pompeii is a big, glorious, cheesy mess.
It's a spectacle all right - but mostly just of a lot of people, some of whom should know better, making an utter ash of themselves.