Gladiator- Movie Summary
It is the year 180AD. After years of war, the armies of Rome, under the command of General Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe), have finally won their last battle against the Barbarians of Germania. Rome’s Caesar, the Emperor Marcus Aurelius has come to the battlefield personally to survey the Empire’s final victory.
In a private meeting with Maximus, whom he values like a son, the Emperor intimates his intention to return to Rome and transfer power once more away from the throne and into the hands of the Senate, as it was during the glory days of the Republic. ). But aging Aurelius realises that he probably won’t live long enough to fill out his dream so he decides to bestow his position as ruler to Maximus, rather t
In Rome, Commodus who now has taken over the throne and thus inherits the Caesar title and becomes increasingly popular with the Roman people by daily colosseum battles whilst revealing to us that he loves his sister more than just brotherly love. But Maximus survives the plans of his enemies, and after a series of events leaves him in the hands of slavers, he begins a new life as a gladiator. So Maximus goes ahead and win every battle that he faces in the arena until finally they play in the Colosseum while going under the name "Spaniel". The Emperor"tms son, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix), has other plans, however. The movie end with a one on one battle between Commodus and Maximus, which Maximus wins but dies anyway from a wound inflicted upon him. "He will bring them death, and they will love him for it"Once in Rome, Maximus wastes no time in making his presence known, and is soon involved in a plot to overthrow the emperor with his former-love Lucilla, Commodus' sister. After coming home to his farm and finding his wife and son's dead bodies, he is captured and sold as a slave to gladiator instructor Proximo. As Maximus had gained a great deal of fame as a gladiator Commodus was prevented by killing him. Maximus then learns by his instructor, Proximo that he can win his freedom but to win his freedom he must win the people. But Maximus the hero proves too cunning for the death squad; his family, on the other hand, does not. Murdering his father and taking the title of Caesar for himself, he orders Maximus and his family (Wife and daughter) taken away and killed. Mazimus continues to uses his celebrity to cause further damage to Commodus' tenuous hold on the susceptible Roman people, hoping to inspire them to rediscover their lost values and overcome the corruption that is eating away at them. Soon Maximus"tms disguise leads to nothing when Commodus asks him to take his visor off and to tell him his name.