Pompeii – A volcanic action movie!

Thanks to Sony Pictures, here’s a first TV spot for Pompeii, the upcoming volcanic action movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson:


Fact: The blast radius of Mt Vesuvius measures roughly the same as 58 baseball stadiums.

The legend awakens:

History’s greatest disaster is destined to return!

“A slave turned gladiator (Kit Harington) finds himself in a race against time to save his true love (Emily browning), who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.”

Well, the eruption that destroyed Pompeii sure was a disaster. But it isn’t History’s greatest disaster that the marketing team behind the film wants you to believe… “Only” around 16,000 people died from the eruption. There are earthquakes, floods, and storms that claimed way more lives in History, check out this top ten of the deadliest natural disasters so far (source: Wikipedia):

Rank Death Toll (estimate) Event
1 1,000,000–4,000,000 1931 China floods
2 900,000–2,000,000 1887 Yellow River flood
3 830,000 1556 Shaanxi earthquake
4 242,000–779,000 1976 Tangshan earthquake
5 500,000–1,000,000 1970 Bhola cyclone
6 300,000 1839 India Cyclone
7 300,000 1737 Calcutta cyclone
8 273,400 1920 Haiyuan earthquake
9 250,000–300,000 526 Antioch earthquake
10 260,000 115 Antioch earthquake

In theaters: February 21, 2014.

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