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The movie Gladiator takes place in Rome, the year of 180AD. The main character is Maximus Meridius who is the general of the Roman Army, leading his fellow soldiers to victory against the Barbarian Army. Maximus has a very respectable reputation within this country and is highly favored by Roman Emperor Marcus. Furthermore, the Roman Emperor is dying and his final wish is for Maximus to become the new Roman Emperor and desires to name him as his heir even though he has a daughter, Lucilla and son, Commodus. However, the moral and honorable Maximus is horrified at the idea of becoming Rome’s emperor and his only request is to return home to his wife and son. Upon hearing the Emperor and Maximus’ discussion, Commodus kills his father in a jealous rage. After discovering that the beloved Roman Emperor had been murdered by his son, Maximus rebels against Commodus and when he is arrested by Roman soldiers he is informed that his family will be murdered also. Maximus escapes the soldiers and in desperation of saving his family he flees to his home in Spain. Unfortunately he is too late and his wife and son are already dead. Once seeing his family brutally murdered, Maximus collapses and then awakens at the hands of slave trader, Proximo in North Africa. As a part of Proximo’s slaves they are all trained to fight and participate in lethal battles. Once these slaves receive training and are superior fighters they are now seen as “gladiators”. In addition, shortly after Maximus is seen for his formidable combat skills, he and several other gladiators are sent to Rome to take part in a deadly battle within the Roman Coliseum. Maximus becomes very successful in the Roman battles and is seen as a superior fighter while disguised with heavy armor and face shield, where no Roman soldiers or Roman Emperor Commodus can recognize him. However, after all his success the emperor wishes to meet this magnificent gladiator and soon realizes it is Maximus. Maximus is then thrown into severe battles against all odds in the emperor’s hope that he will be killed. After defeating all the Roman’s best soldiers, Commodus then decides to kill him his self, but not after he gravely and unfairly injures Maximus with lethal stab wounds to the lungs. Nonetheless, Maximus defeats Commodus in the arena even with his hidden wounds under his armor. Unfortunately, Maximus is slowly dying from the previous stab wounds before the battle. As Maximus falls in the arena a final time he begins to think of his family and joins them in the afterlife. Personally, I thought this was a great movie! Gladiator effectively told a successful but depressing battle story of a brave soldier. I feel is if this was an action packed film that really appealed to a wide range of audience. The movie also had realistic and epic battle scenes. Overall, I thought Gladiator had a solid and meaningful story line and I felt that the movie was greatly entertaining as well as enjoyable.
I can relate to this movie because I recently lost a family member. After my father passed I can honestly better understand how the main character, Maximus, feels when losing his family in the movie. Altogether, Gladiator is a great movie that I encourage all to see.

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