2014's schlock-buster "Pompeii" was a failure of epic proportions. The movie wasn't very good, either.
Once you've got your hero, you must mix in your heroine. For our purposes, that is Lady Cassia (Emily Browning), an actress who looks like Kate Moss' kid sister. Kate Moss' kid sister who has clearly over-done the lip-fillers, to be exact.
Never mind if the hero and heroine's romance and/or personalities don't jell or if the script writers haven't bothered to develop this crucial aspect of the flick beyond a few Meaningful Stares and a couple of lip locks. Just keep stirring!
Next you should toss in the following Stock Characters to round out the cast and pad out the film: the Doomed Friend (here played by Adewale Akinnieaye-Aglaje, a fellow gladiator who needs just one more victory in the arena to earn his freedom and return to his family); the slave girl/lady-in-waiting (Jessica Lucas) who is besties with her boss; and the devious, greedy gladiator promoter (Joe Pringue) who will get his Divine Come-Uppance when the volcano towering over the city of Pompeii finally blows its stack.
Last, but not least, you must plop in your villain. That brings us to Kiefer Sutherland (son of actor Donald and ex-cuddlemate of Julia Roberts), who essays Roman Gen. Corvus in the best tradition of Snidely Whiplash and Ming the Merciless. General Corvus not only offed the Celt's entire family, but he's been lusting after Lady Cassia, too. Naturally, Corvus can't for the life of him figure out why Cassia would prefer the ultra-ripped Celt to him, completely ignoring the fact that Harington is on the mega-hit "Game of Thrones", while his show "24" is now in reruns. Conversely, Corvus makes a real pest of himself trying to A) knock off the Celt and B) force Cassia to marry him.