This will be an on going series with each film viewed in its entirety by the author of these articles. As with other published series by the author this one will have links to the previous articles as each one is published after this first article.
Here is the first:
Release dates: May 1, 5, and 12, 2000.
Written by: David Franzoni.
Directed by: Ridley Scott.
Major Actors: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Derek Jacobi, Djimon Hounsou, and Richard Harris.
This film is presented chronologically linear format going in two directions at the same time. Part of the story portrays the restart of something that had come to an end. The other part of the story portrays the start of something new. The plot portrays how they are tied together and what happens at the eventual end.
The effect this has on the audience is it gives the viewers something to think about while trying to figure out how it is going to end. Some viewers may have questions such as: How will it end? Will he get his revenge and avenge his family and his true emperor? Will the petty, jealous and evil emperor be brought down?
This film is only historically accurate in that Rome really did exist as an empire as did gladiator's who fought and died in the arena's all across the empire. The architecture is historically accurate as is the portrayed Roman form of government.