Leaders in the Battlefield: Gladiator and the Kingdom of Heaven

Topics: Leadership, Roman Empire, Battle Pages: 4 (1240 words) Published: April 3, 2007
How Men Lead

The opening scene in Gladiator and the last scene in Kingdom of Heaven are two of the best battle scenes in any war movies. They are an unbelievable display of organization, C.G.I. graphics, and directing. Gladiator follows the story of Maximus (Russell Crowe) who is a general of Rome, who after this opening battle scene, is lost and thought dead. He must fight his way back to the city and becomes a gladiator in the Coliseum in Rome. He is up against an evil dictator who does all in his power to stop Maximus and hold the throne which is rightly for Maximus. On the other side there is Kingdom of Heaven which follows the saga of Balian (Orlando Bloom) as he battles the Muslims for control of Jerusalem. He must lead an army of villagers against an immense army which threatens to destroy everyone he knows. The opening scene in Gladiator and the last scene in Kingdom Of Heaven show the will and define the two main characters at their highest points of achievement and leadership in the two films.

There are many differences between the two leaders at it is shown in the two scenes. In Gladiator the opening scene in the movie where he is the leader of the expansive Roman army, is actually the end of his career as a general. He has been general for years battling the crazy army from the north and for Maximus this is the high point in his career as a general and a leader. After the scene is over he is lost and must find his way back to Rome. However in Kingdom of Heaven, this is the birth of a leader, one without much experience and who must learn to become a leader if he wants to save his people. And this is the main difference their level of experience. They both however have this leadership in their blood and it is prevalent on the battlefield where they display heroics and unify their men in the midst of completely chaotic scenes. As they are both in the heat of the biggest battles of their lives and are completely in control of the...

Cited: All the factual information in this essay was derived from the following sources.
Chattaway, Peter T. "Kingdom of Heaven" Christianity Today 18 November 2006 < http://www.christianitytoday.com/movies/reviews/kingdomofheaven.html>
Berardinelli, James "Kingdom of Heaven" Reelviews 18 November 2006 < http://www.reelviews.net/movies/k/kingdom_heaven.html>
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