This Discovery Channel documentary takes an in-depth look at the events that took place as the Italian city of Pompeii was buried by volcanic ash 2000 years ago. Using modern technology, this film examines how the people in the city died along with how they tried to survive the devastation to live another day.
Don Wildman – Presenter
Pompeii: Back from the Dead examines in detail the death of 54 people whose bodies were found in a cellar. Using genetic testing on the remains the documentary attempts to determine the social class of the victims and present theories as to how and why the people died. Even more interesting is the theory that some of the victims had congenital syphilis, evidence the disease existed on the continent almost 1400 years earlier than originally thought. A theory which would also negate current assumptions that Christopher Columbus brought the disease back from overseas.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done though some of the falling debris CGI was poorly done and detracted from the rest of the film. There was however good footage of Pompeii with nice attention to detail. Dialogue from Wildman was good and he did a nice job presenting. Sound and soundtrack were also nicely done.
Overall Pompeii: Back from the Dead is an entertaining documentary that presents some very interesting theories. At the same time, the film leaves many questions unanswered and begs the question what assumptions were made in theory development.
With some mildly disturbing images of skeletons and bodies, this should be fine for teens and above.
Pompeii: Back from the Dead is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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