Comparing the Movies, Fight Club and Gladiator
People today enjoy the same things that people enjoyed during the Roman Empire. In the movie, Gladiator, Maximus fights in the Coliseum in front of all the people of Rome. In the movie Fight Club they have fights between different people in front of all the people of the club. This shows that people who lived 1000s of years before us where entertained by violence just like most of us are today. The theme that ties both Fight Club and Gladiator together is people are entertained by violence.
The movie Gladiator starts off by Maximus Decimus Meridas, who is played by Russel Crowe, being a respected general of Rome. Maximus leads the Roman army in a successful defeat against the barbarians. After this battle is over Maximus is confronted by the elderly Roman emperor and he tells him that he will be the next emperor of Rome when he passes away. The emperor’s son (Commodus) hears of this and murders his father. Now he is Emperor Commodus and orders to kill Maximus and his family. His family is murdered but Maximus gets away from the people who were sent to murder him. Maximus ends up as a slave and fighting as a gladiator in a little Roman town. With his military skills he survives all of his gladiator fights which gives him great fame throughout the town. He is then sent out to Rome to fight in the Coliseum. While fighting in Rome, Maximus wins all of the fights that he is in and ends up gaining great fame all throughout Rome. In Rome he ends up meeting with his old love, which is Commodus’s sister, Lucilla. They both figure out a plan to try and bring down the emperor but, they are caught trying to do this. Commodus then brings in his best fighters to try and defeat Maximus but none of them succeed. Then with Maximus getting more popular then the emperor he is left to one resort and that is to fight Maximus in the Coliseum.
The movie Fight Club is narrated by a lonely business man and throughout the movie they never give his name. The...