Spartacus

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena 2011

I’m sure just about every fantasy movie lover out there has seen Russell Crowe in Gladiator. It was a fantastic movie. One of my favorites.

When I saw a gladiator show as a television series on Netflix I thought cool, but I didn’t have high expectations of a television series doing a concept like this justice. Good lord was I wrong. It happens occasionally, but don’t tell my wife I said that.

I was expecting a tame version of Gladiator, a little blood, a little romance…

What I got was Gladiator on steroids. The action scenes are fantastic, full of blood and gore. The romance is running the knife edge of soft porn. The Romans have plots within plots as they all plan and maneuver to maintain or elevate their status within the empire, usually by stabbing someone else in the back. It shows the harsh brutality of being a slave. Spartacus demonstrates that even the free men are slaves within the Roman society, though they don’t comprehend it. The series illustrates that a man can have pride even when he has nothing, and can rise above his title and expectations through honor and determination.

Spartacus is the story of an unwilling warrior who must become a gladiator in the hopes of being returned to his lost love. It’s the story of a failing Roman house looking to reclaim its honor through the games. The series covers a civilization of debauchery, treachery, and corruption. Spartacus is a well told tale that is bound to capture the viewer on some level, whether it be action, adventure, romance, or political intrigue.

Be warned, this is a graphic story on almost every level. So, if you are squeamish about blood, violence, viewing internal organs, scenes of intense pain and brutality, or graphic sex then this isn’t for you. For the rest of us…I salute you.

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~ by bretjordan on June 4, 2011.

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