Monday, February 16, 2009

Gladiator Violence

The website Top Tenz, which publishes Top Ten lists of everything from comic book villains to the least smartest dogs(?)has Gladiator listed at No. 2 on it's Top Ten Violent Films list. Any list like this is, of course, arguable. I can think of several films I would have added to the list and several whose positions I would have changed, but this is their list not mine! Here's what the writer had to say about Gladiator:

This film was a triumph, a perfect blending of plot, atmosphere, action and dimensional characters. Director Ridley Scott created an eerie, ethereal atmosphere in the opening battle sequence, with amazing cinematography and stunning realism. Russell Crowe brought a rugged, believable quality to his portrayal of Maximus. As well, a stellar performance by Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus, the bitter, jealous son of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, was a highlight of this violent spectacle.

And here's their entire list:

10. Kill Bill (Vols 1&2)
9. Rambo
8. Saving Private Ryan
7. Kingdom of Heaven
6. Natural Born Killers
5. War of the Worlds
4. Troy
3. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
2. Gladiator
1. 300

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