Kit Harrington stars in this apocalyptically silly adventure set against the destruction of Pompeii in AD 79.

He’s a brooding Celtic slave-turned-gladiator who clashes with Kiefer Sutherland’s snarling senator and finds love with Emily Browning’s aristocratic beauty while Versuvius rumbles away menacingly in the background.

When the volcano finally blows its top, the film unleashes a tsunami of dramatic clichés and a lava stream of cheesy dialogue that lays waste to everything in its path.

Most unforgivably of all, the film also manages to turn the sublime pathos of the body casts of the disaster’s victims into a moment of pure kitsch.