Topics: Roman Empire, Ancient Rome, Gladiator Pages: 2 (724 words) Published: April 28, 2013
Gladiator is a historical film, which was released on May the forth in 2000. The movie was set in the year 180AD. The filming was held from December 1998- May 1999 and the whole creation took three years. Gladiator is about a powerful general named Maximus, who is asked to be emperor over the emperor’s son. This causes his son Commodus to kill his father in rage. Commodus becomes Emperor and tries to assassinate Maximus and his family in revenge. Maximus escapes Commodus and tries to regain the throne, as Commodus destroys the inner workings of Rome. Maximus becomes a slave as he tries to stay clear of Commodus, and quickly becomes one of Rome's greatest gladiators with the help of Proximo, Lucilla, and Juba. The only thing fuelling him now is the desire to bring Rome back to its original glory. The main characters in this film are the following, Russell Crowe as Maximus, Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus, Connie Nielsen as Lucilla, Oliver Reed as Proximo, Richard Harris as Marcus Aurelius Derek Jacobi as Gracchus, Djimon Hounsou as Juba. Commodus is a character based on Lucius Aurelius Commodus who lived from 161 to 192 and was the son of the reigning Caesar Marcus Aurelius. After his father died, he acceded to power over of the Roman Empire from 180 until his death - he wasn't very popular with his subjects during his reign. He is portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator (2000) under the single name, "Commodus". Gladiator must not be taken as the Truth Be Told as it’s only an approximation of true events. In the movie, Gladiator, he was emotionally wounded and desperately wanted to be loved and respected. He was very sure he was going to become emperor of all Rome when his father ceded the throne. However when his father told him his old nemesis, Maximus, was going to be emperor instead of himself, Commodus lost control, and he was so humiliated that his father should have been witness to his uncontrolled emotions, that he smothered his father to death. Which...
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