This week’s digital movie deal of the week is the Ridley Scott action adventure Gladiator which is currently available to purchase for £5.99. Check out the original trailer below:
“I am General Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife and I will have my vengeance in this life or the next” what a speech, what a moment! If you have not watched the Ridley Scott classic Gladiator you must have been living under a rock. It is an amazing film, a classic revenge tale that is beautifully shot and is an absolute pleasure to watch and one of my all-time favourite films. Sure a few of the well documented bloopers are slightly annoying now (I won’t name them so I do not ruin the experience for anyone else) an this may or may not be the cheapest this film has been. But should you buy it? Absolutely! That leaves me with one question “Are you not entertained?” Yes, yes I am Maximus.
A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama from director Ridley Scott. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army’s most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus’ devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences. His battle skills serve him well, and he becomes one of the most famous and admired men to fight in the Colosseum. Determined to avenge himself against the man who took away his freedom and laid waste to his family, Maximus believes that he can use his fame and skill in the ring to avenge the loss of his family and former glory. As the gladiator begins to challenge his rule, Commodus decides to put his own fighting mettle to the test by squaring off with Maximus in a battle to the death. Gladiator also features Derek Jacobi, Connie Nielsen, Djimon Hounsou, and Oliver Reed, who died of a heart attack midway through production.
Release: August 2000
Genre: Action, Adventure
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou