While there are more abs, gladiatorial fights, evil Roman politicians, and ridiculous slow-motion scenes to gape at, the true star of this trailer is Mount Vesuvius. Never before has one of Mother Nature's most destructive forces been so viciously portrayed on the big screen. Everything concerning the horror of that summer's day in 79 A.D. appears to have made its way into this film. Here's a synopsis of the film's fictional counterpart courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter:
Set in late summer 79 A.D., Pompeii revolves around the slave of a shipping tycoon who dreams of the day he can buy his freedom and marry his master's daughter. What the slave doesn't know is that she's already been promised to a corrupt Roman senator, while he's been sold to another owner.
Just when things can't get any worse, Mt. Vesuvius erupts with the power of 40 nuclear bombs. But the slave is trapped on a ship headed for Naples, separated from his love and best friend, a gladiator who is trapped in the city's coliseum. As fire and ash destroy the only world he's ever known, the slave is determined to get back and rescue them.