HBO’s “Rome” is perhaps the most awesome Roman empire and gladiators TV shows there will ever be and one of the best HBO has ever produced. The highest-rated TV show ever at 9.2 Stars at IMDb and 5 Stars at Amazon.com!
I have to say that “Rome” looks to be the best production of ancient Rome I have seen yet. Yes, Gladiator was a cool movie, but it lacked was historical accuracy. “Rome” has brought together what no one though possible: historical accuracy and unparalleled production. Ten years in the making, as lavish, sprawling, deep, dark and deviously, deliciously decadent as anything of its like, ROME combines historical figures with equally compelling fictional side characters, many of whom show us what it was like through their eyes, to bear witness to the heady rise and staggeringly shocking fall of one of the greatest empires in history. Read more on next page.
The turbulent transition from Roman republic to autocratic empire, which changed world history through civil war and wars of conquest, is sketched both from the aristocratic viewpoint of Julius Caesar, his family, his adopted successor Octavian Augustus, and their political allies and adversaries, and from the politically naive viewpoint of a few ordinary Romans, notably the soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo and their families.
Family dysfunction. Treachery. Betrayal. Coarse profanity. Brutal violence. Graphic (and sometimes brutal) sex. No, it’s not The Sopranos, it’s Rome, HBO’s madly ambitious series that transfixed viewers with its lavishly mounted spectacle and human dramas of the historical figures and fictional characters. Set in 52 B.C., Rome charts the dramatic shifts in the balance of power between former friends Pompey Magnus (Kenneth Cranham), leader of the Senate, and Julius Caesar (Ciaran Hinds), whose imminent return after eight years to Rome after conquering the Gauls, has the ruling class up in arms. At the heart of Rome is the odd couple friendship between two soldiers who fortuitously become heroes of the people. Lucius Vorenus (Kevin McKidd) is married, honorable, and steadfast. Titus Pullo (Ray Stevenson) is an amoral rogue whose philosophy is best summed up, “I kill my enemies, take their gold, and enjoy their women.” Among Rome’s most compelling subplots is Lucius’s strained relationship with his wife, Niobe (Indira Varma), who is surprised to see her husband alive (but not as surprised as he is to find her upon his homecoming with a newborn baby in her arms!). Any viewer befuddlement over Rome’s intrigues and machinations, and determining who is hero and who is foe, disappears the minute Golden Globe-nominee Polly Walker appears as Atia, Caesar’s formidable niece and a villainess for the ages. In the first episode alone, she offers her already married daughter as a bride to the recently widowed Pompey, and the viewer eagerly awaits to see what (or who) she’ll do next.
It is the greatest piece of television ever made. Unbelievable filmmaking and story telling. A masterpiece like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Anyone considering watching ‘Rome’ in a ‘family’ setting should be aware that the show is rated Mature Audience and for good reason. ‘Rome’ attempts to accurately depict the Rome of 2000 years ago where sexual inhibitions were all but absent, most women were viewed as ‘property’ and slaves were numerous. You WILL see explicit and graphic sex, numerous frontal nudity and covering your kids eyes won’t be enough – consider earplugs or frequent use of the ‘mute’ button because the sounds of sex are even more explicit than the images. Besides engaging in sex largely for amusement, violence was part of the Roman way of life – torture, gladiator and other arena fights, assassinations were common. Well… those were the Romans – love them or hate them.
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