Battle in the arena or even on the open sea. Here are the heroes of 2014 for whom life and death have other meanings, for whom honor is the most valuable thing, heroes whom will inspire us with their fearlessness.
1. Pompeii 3D
Some of the most memorable scenes in the movie Pompeii takes place in the brutal and bloody world of gladiator The character played by Kit Harington has been trained in the art of war from the age of six and is unmatched. In the Roman Empire, gladiators came from all social classes. Some men choose to become gladiators because it was a very well paid job. Others had debts to pay.
Some, like Milo, the protagonist, were slaves forced to fight. But Milo is not your ordinary slave. His strength and courage manifested in the arena come from the anger accumulated over the years, stemming out of the burning desire to avenge the death of his parents.
Kit Harington, known to the public in the role of Jon Snow, the popular series Game of Thrones, was chosen to play the role of the passionate Celtic gladiator. The most outspoken opponent of Milo in the arena becomes his closest all, as the captive Celt befriends Atticus, an African gladiator about to earn his freedom. Atticus and Milo get to tie a friendship and mutual respect, although they know that a confrontation between the two of them in the arena will be inevitable to the death.
The character of Atticus is played by Adewale Akinnuoye – Agbaje, the mysterious Mr. Eko in the television series Lost. After many years of slavery, Atticus needs one victory to gain his freedom, according to Roman custom. These gladiators live by a code of honor. It’s a rough life, so for them life and death are sacred. Atticus has to kill one more opponent to be free and this hope kept alive so far. He cares about Milo, but he isn’t going to give him the victory. Milo’s death will bring freedom to Atticus.
2. The Legend of Hercules
An epic adventure about love and courage, The Legend of Hercules throws Hercules in the arena, the son of a queen of ancient Greece and Zeus. A. O. Scott from the New York Times wrote that the film delivers what it promises: muscular men kept in little clothing, struggling and howling, as well as some spectacular battle scenes, digitally manipulated.
3. 300: Rise of an Empire
Greek General Themistocle (Sullivan Stapleton) aims to unify Greece and turns against the invading armies of the Persians, led by the mortal turned into the god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and Artemisia (Eva Green), the fearless commander of the Persian marine forces.
Even if the fight is not given in the arena, but at sea, the Greeks are heroes with swords and sandals of the big screen.
4. How to Train Your Dragon 2
Although it might better fit the genre “Sword & Sworcery”, the world inhabited by the dragons from the beloved animation will be revealed in the sequel, June 20. Hiccup will have to face boundless danger in this second film of the series.
Starting with July, Dwayne Johnson will bring to the big screen a new version of Hercules. Tormented by the memory of past sins, Hercules becomes a mercenary. He kill in the arena for money.
Along with five devoted comrades, he sets off to ancient Greece and starts putting himself into the service of the rich and using his legendary reputation to intimidate enemies. But when the mighty ruler of Thrace and his daughter ask his help to defeat a savage and terrifying military commander, Hercules sees it as an opportunity to make good triumph and justice come out: he must once again become the hero he once was.
Ridley Scott will take us to ancient times, describing the exodus of the Jews from Egypt in search of the Promised Land under the leadership of Moses (Christian Bale).
One of the most exciting pieces of the Bible gets a new adaptation which fall into the “Swords and Sandals” genre, with the latest special effects.