Movie review Essay

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Movie Review
"Gladiator" is a movie about ancient Rome that released at May of this year. There are
four major characters in this movie, which are Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Richard
Harris and Djimon Hounsou. This movie is directed by Ridley Scott. Since it contains
violent materials, it is rated R and is restricted to minor audience. The total running
time of this movie is 150 minutes.

The great Roman general Maximus ( Russell Crowe ) has once again led the legions to
victory on the battlefield. The war won, Maximus dreams of home, wanting only to return to
his wife and son. However, the dying emperor Marcus Aurelius ( Richard Harris ) has one
more duty for the general to assume the mantle of his power. Jealous of Maximusi favor
with the emperor, the heir to the throne, Commodus ( Joaquin Phoenix ), orders his
execution and that of his family. Barely escaping death, Maximus is forced into slavery
and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows. Now he has came to Rome,
intents on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor Commodus.
Maximus has learned that the one power stronger than that of the emperor is the will of
the people. He also knows that he can only attain his revenge by becoming the greatest
hero in the empire.

Maximus ( Russell Crowe ) plays an important role in the movie. He shows his bravery and
intelligence from the beginning to the end. After the new emperor finds out

Maximus real identity, he orders an execution to Maximus. However, Maximus' fellows help
him to escape from death by sacrificing themselves. It shows that there is a good
relationship between Maximus and other gladiators. Even though they haven't known each
other for a long time, they respect Maximus and acknowledge his importance to Rome. Hence,
they choose to save Maximus's life even though they would be killed.

At the beginning of the movie, Maximus has once again wins the victory of the battle. It
shows his great ability and bravery on a battlefield. After he becomes a gladiator, he
establishes a good relationship with other gladiators. He teaches them the right way to
fight and saves their lives over and over. He sees the difference between soldiers and
gladiators. During the fights, he realizes a gladiator doesn't deserve anything but to
entertain people and to die. Even though he misses his wife and son, he notices he can't
die until he avenges. From these scenes, I can see the cruelty and horror of people.
People are very selfish; they don't care about others but themselves. Meanwhile, people
rather sacrifice others to satisfy their desires.

Based on the historical background and scenarios, this movie is authentic to me. It
teaches me a new lesson, which is to aware people that are around me. From now on, I
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