A foolish choice in art direction casts a pall over Ridley Scott's "Gladiator" that no swordplay can cut through. The film looks muddy, fuzzy and indistinct. Its colors are mud tones at the drab end of the palette, and it seems to have been filmed on grim and overcast days. This darkness and a lack of detail in the long shots helps obscure shabby special effects the Colosseum in Rome looks like a model from a computer game , and the characters bring no cheer: They're bitter, vengeful, depressed. By the end of this long film, I would have traded any given gladiatorial victory for just one shot of blue skies. There are blue skies in the hero's dreams of long-ago happiness, but that proves the point. The story line is " Rocky " on downers.
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See the gallery. Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death.
Gladiator , American historical epic film , released in , that was directed by Ridley Scott and starred Russell Crowe. It won critical accolades , large audiences, and five Academy Awards. Gladiator takes place in ad and is loosely based on historical figures. Roman forces, led by the general Maximus Crowe , defeat Germanic tribes, bringing temporary peace to the Roman Empire.