THE PLOT THUS FAR
Gaius Claudius Glaber is dead. Many months have passed since his defeat, and the rebel army, led by Spartacus and his generals Crixus, Gannicus and Agron, continue to amass victories over Rome. With the rebel numbers swelling to thousands of freed slaves, Spartacus is more determined than ever to bring down the entire Roman Republic. Following Ashur’s death, Naevia and Crixus fight as one. Together, the rebels engage in one bloody skirmish after another and prepare for the inevitable: a full out war with Rome. The Roman Senate turns to Marcus Crassus, a wealthy, strategic politician, for aid. He respects his opponent and refuses to make the same mistakes Glaber and his predecessors have. With a young and fiercely competitive Julius Caesar as an ally, Crassus is determined to crush Spartacus and his rebellion.
The epic conclusion of a legendary journey, Spartacus: War of the Damned will unleash a battle unlike anything ever seen before.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
The Spartacus legend has adopted this mob mentality in the house of Batiatus, which all comes together beautifully. Batiatus and his wife Lucretia is a match made in hell. You’ll see their true love burn bridges and form allies with unpredictable consequences. All the while Spartacus is adapting to becoming a gladiator, not knowing nor having any intention of becoming the leader of the largest slave rebellion that waged war against Rome. It doesn’t follow history to the point where it’s educational, but it does manage to fill in the blanks about the story of Spartacus with an outstanding imagination. Still, the actors stumble over the chunky dialogue.
Speaking of the actors looking uncomfortable, the acting is pretty bad. It’s not the worst thing we’ve ever witnessed in a sword and shield movie but the majority of the cast seems to have been chosen for physique rather than their ability to deliver even a modestly convincing line. Although Andy Whitfield’s performance is one of the strongest in the show it is merely mediocre. The praise he receives on this board is particularly baffling. One has to wonder what people have been watching that they think he’s a fabulous actor.
The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes and Blu-Ray exclusive extended episodes and commentaries. The A/V Quality sports a strong Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track. The 1080p is also robust. So, why is the show so off-putting? In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
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