3 Not epic enough.farnzy | 28/08/2007 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer Somewhere in Scott's movie is an excellent epic trying to get out. Everything feels slightly rushed, as if people will stop Scott making, a then dead genre at any moment. It seems as if Crowe is travelling by jet rather than horse as he rockets between Germany, Spain, Africa and then finally Rome itself (a rather badly drawn C.G.I. spectacular).The fight scenes are well choreographed and suitably bloody, but have lost their impact with age. The minor gladiator characters are not sufficently drawn as to have the audience show any real empathy with their plight; so as a consequence, we don't really believe the bond Crowe is supposed to have with these men.The political conspiracy is over before it has really begun. Derek Jacobi only seems to be in the film due to his I Claudius credentials and if Gladiator had the smallest tad of the intrigue shown in that series Scott would be onto something very special.One point of interest is that Maximus is a Christian but yet again a thread which showed promise is left only to fulfil a sentimental ending. What if Maximus wanted to impose a Christian Empire upon Rome?As it stands Gladiator should be remembered fondly as the film which brought a genre back from the dead, a good action movie that could have been alot more.