27 December 2002 | honesty_in_a_bottle
This fine Italian remake of Ridley Scott's Gladiator lacks only ambition.
Antonio Adamo's remake of the oscar-winning film Gladiator has a lot going for it. This may be the highest budget he has ever worked with, and much of it has gone to the costumes and sets.
Unfortunately, while the script is competent, it lacks any real ambition. This is particularly evident in the interaction of the characters. The scope of this feature (produced at great cost and released in three volumes: Private Gladiator, In the City of Lust, and Sexual Conquest) demands some largesse of artistic ambition. Boundaries must be pushed; rules must be broken. Adamo's reluctance to stretch his boundaries along with his budget has prevented this project from rising above his earlier work.