The first and most pertinent question about Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii
is: “Why is Milla Jovovich not in this?” At least half the upside of seeing any Anderson movie is the probability that his hot, badass wife will appear in it. But aside from this truly egregious omission, Pompeii
is a totally passable popcorn flick.
The story starts with the premise of a real historical event: the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year A.D. 79, which so impressively flooded the Italian city of Pompeii with red-hot lava and ash that it preserved many artifacts (everything from pottery to people) for archaeologists to find hundreds of years later. Against this...