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imagine_VB
this_DT
._.
you're_???
given_VBN
a_DT
sword_NN
and_CC
a_DT
shield_NN
and_CC
very_RB
basic_JJ
,_,
minimal_JJ
training_NN
._.
a_DT
man_NN
you_PP
don't_DO
know_VB
tells_VBZ
you_PP
that_CS
this_DT
will_MD
be_BE
the_DT
last_OD
day_NN
that_CS
you_PP
will_MD
live_VB
._.
you_PP
are_BER
thrown_VBN
into_IN
an_DT
arena_NN
with_IN
thousands_NNS
of_IN
spectators_NNS
wanting_VBG
to_IN
see_NN
you_PP
die_VB
._.
you_PP
frantically_RB
monitor_VB
several_DT
closed_JJ
doors_NNS
which_WDT
,_,
in_IN
seconds_NNS
,_,
will_MD
release_VB
vicious_JJ
enemies_NNS
prepared_VBN
to_IN
destroy_VB
you_PP
._.
you_PP
watch_VB
as_CS
the_DT
innocent_JJ
friends_NNS
you_PP
made_VBD
in_IN
the_DT
last_OD
few_DT
days_NNS
are_BER
murdered_JJ
in_IN
cold_JJ
blood_NN
._.
if_CS
you_PP
are_BER
lucky_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
survive_VB
this_DT
chaos_NN
thrown_VBN
at_IN
you_PP
,_,
you_PP
know_VB
you're_???
going_VBG
to_TO
have_HV
to_TO
do_DO
it_PP
all_PDT
over_IN
again_RB
tomorrow_RB
._.
eventually_RB
know_VB
matter_NN
how_WRB
strong_JJ
or_CC
skilled_JJ
you_PP
are_BER
,_,
you're_???
going_VBG
to_TO
die_VB
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
life_NN
of_IN
a_DT
gladiator_NN
._.
you'll_???
never_RB
have_HV
to_TO
be_BE
a_DT
gladiator_NN
and_CC
after_IN
seeing_VBG
ridley_NP
scott_NP
's_POS
powerful_JJ
gladiator_NN
,_,
you'll_???
be_BE
thankful_JJ
for_IN
that_DT
._.
with_IN
his_PP$
new_JJ
film_NN
,_,
scott_NP
has_HVZ
returned_VBN
cinema_NN
to_IN
the_DT
fascinating_JJ
age_NN
of_IN
the_DT
ancient_JJ
roman_JJ
empire_NN
._.
and_CC
like_IN
those_DT
preceding_JJ
it_PP
,_,
spartacus_NP
and_CC
ben_NP
hur_???
,_,
gladiator_NN
has_HVZ
nearly_RB
everything_PN
going_VBG
for_IN
it_PP
-_-
a_DT
strong_JJ
lead_NN
actor_NN
,_,
a_DT
wonderful_JJ
supporting_JJ
cast_NN
,_,
eye-catching_JJ
special_JJ
effects_NNS
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
great_JJ
script_NN
._.
since_CS
the_DT
two_CD
aforementioned_JJ
films_NNS
came_VBD
out_RP
before_IN
the_DT
prime_JJ
target_NN
viewers_NNS
of_IN
gladiator_NN
(_(
teenagers_NNS
to_IN
thirty-year-old_NN
males_NNS
)_)
were_BED
around_RB
,_,
a_DT
whole_JJ
new_JJ
genre_NN
may_MD
just_RB
be_BE
reborn_JJ
and_CC
revisited_VBN
._.
>from_NN
a_DT
weak_JJ
beginning_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
starts_VBZ
off_IN
extremely_RB
gloomy_JJ
and_CC
inauspicious_JJ
._.
rome_NP
's_POS
best_JJS
general_JJ
maximus_NN
(_(
russell_NP
crowe_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
has_HVZ
helped_VBN
the_DT
empire_NN
conquer_VB
nearly_RB
everywhere_RB
they_PP
have_HV
attempted_VBN
,_,
is_BEZ
currently_RB
(_(
in_IN
the_DT
year_NN
180_CD
a_DT
._.
d_NN
._.
that_CS
is_BEZ
)_(
waging_VBG
a_DT
war_NN
against_IN
germania_NP
._.
scott_NP
shoots_NNS
the_DT
gory_JJ
battle_NN
in_IN
an_DT
awkward_JJ
style_NN
,_,
similar_JJ
to_IN
that_DT
of_IN
saving_NN
private_JJ
ryan_NP
but_CC
much_DT
less_RBR
effective_JJ
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
blurry_NN
,_,
in_IN
slow_JJ
motion_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
sound_NN
is_BEZ
muted_JJ
._.
as_CS
soon_RB
as_CS
this_DT
artistic_JJ
method_NN
began_VBD
,_,
it_PP
was_BEDZ
hard_JJ
to_TO
tell_VB
what_WDT
was_BEDZ
what_WDT
and_CC
who_NP
was_BEDZ
who_NP
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
a_DT
good_JJ
thing_NN
scott_NP
stops_VBZ
this_DT
after_IN
the_DT
first_OD
twenty_CD
minutes_NNS
or_CC
else_RB
gladiator_NN
would_MD
have_HV
been_BEN
torture_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
._.
instead_RB
,_,
the_DT
general_JJ
swears_VBZ
he_PP
will_MD
get_VB
out_RP
after_IN
this_DT
battle_NN
._.
he_PP
wants_VBZ
to_IN
go_NN
back_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
family_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
crops_NNS
,_,
he_PP
wants_VBZ
a_DT
quiet_JJ
life_NN
._.
but_CC
,_,
unexpectedly_RB
,_,
he_PP
gets_VBZ
anything_PN
but_CC
that_DT
._.
the_DT
dying_JJ
emperor_NN
of_IN
rome_NP
,_,
marcus_NP
aurelius_NP
(_(
richard_NP
harris_NP
)_)
,_,
decides_VBZ
to_IN
have_HV
maximus_FW
appointed_JJ
new_JJ
emperor_NN
of_IN
rome_NP
once_RB
he_PP
dies_VBZ
._.
he_PP
asks_VBZ
maximus_NN
to_IN
restore_VB
the_DT
republic_NN
by_IN
giving_VBG
more_DT
power_NN
to_IN
the_DT
senators_NNS
._.
all_PDT
of_IN
this_DT
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
go_VB
well_RB
for_IN
aurelius_NP
'_"
son_NN
,_,
commodus_NN
(_(
joaquin_NN
phoenix_NP
)_)
who_WP
was_BEDZ
expecting_VBG
his_PP$
father_NN
to_IN
name_NN
him_PP
the_DT
new_JJ
emperor_NN
._.
jealous_JJ
and_CC
upset_JJ
,_,
commodus_NN
kills_VBZ
his_PP$
own_DT
father_NN
,_,
names_NNS
himself_PPX
emperor_NN
,_,
kills_VBZ
maximus_NN
'_"
wife_NN
and_CC
son_NN
,_,
and_CC
attempts_NNS
to_IN
kill_NN
maximus_NN
._.
but_CC
maximus_NN
is_BEZ
able_JJ
to_TO
escape_VB
his_PP$
own_DT
death_NN
and_CC
vows_NNS
to_IN
kill_NN
commodus_NN
and_CC
fulfill_NN
marcus_NP
aurelius_NP
'_"
wishes_NNS
._.
now_RB
a_DT
slave_NN
,_,
the_DT
only_JJ
way_NN
he_PP
can_MD
win_VB
his_PP$
own_DT
freedom_NN
and_CC
complete_JJ
his_PP$
goal_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
become_VB
a_DT
winning_JJ
gladiator_NN
,_,
who_WP
eventually_RB
are_BER
released_VBN
for_IN
their_PP$
success_NN
._.
a_DT
story_NN
of_IN
betrayal_NN
and_CC
promises_VBZ
,_,
gladiator_NN
is_BEZ
more_DT
than_CS
just_RB
a_DT
mindless_JJ
action_NN
flick_NN
._.
you_PP
actually_RB
care_VB
about_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
sometimes_RB
even_RB
the_DT
evil_JJ
villain_NN
commodus_NN
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
just_RB
a_DT
young_JJ
man_NN
as_IN
determined_JJ
to_IN
make_NN
rome_NP
one_CD
way_NN
as_IN
maximus_NN
is_BEZ
determined_VBN
to_IN
make_VB
it_NN
the_DT
other_JJ
way_NN
._.
phoenix_NP
plays_VBZ
his_PP$
character_NN
brilliantly_RB
._.
think_VB
of_IN
commodus_NN
as_IN
the_DT
percy_NP
wetmore_IN
(_(
of_IN
pant-wetter_NN
the_DT
green_JJ
mile_NN
)_)
of_IN
the_DT
roman_JJ
empire_NN
-_-
a_DT
whiny_NN
,_,
sleazy_NP
,_,
"_"
respect-me-because-my-father-was-a-good-man_NN
"_"
brat_???
who_NP
hates_VBZ
when_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
the_DT
center_NN
of_IN
attention_NN
._.
every_DT
scene_NN
we_PP
see_VB
commodus_NN
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
either_RB
crying_VBG
or_CC
he_PP
looks_VBZ
like_IN
he_PP
has_HVZ
just_RB
been_BEN
crying_VBG
._.
phoenix_NP
has_HVZ
definitely_RB
matured_VBN
as_IN
an_DT
actor_NN
since_CS
to_IN
die_FW
for_IN
,_,
and_CC
gladiator_NN
shows_VBZ
he_PP
's_BEZ
more_DT
than_CS
just_RB
river_NN
's_POS
little_JJ
brother_NN
._.
crowe_NP
is_BEZ
also_RB
excellent_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
grisly-faced_JJ
hero_NN
._.
maximus_NN
is_BEZ
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
few_DT
characters_NNS
in_IN
recent_JJ
cinema_NN
who_WP
actually_RB
has_HVZ
emotions_NNS
._.
this_DT
guy_NN
actually_RB
acts_VBZ
like_IN
a_DT
anyone_PN
in_IN
his_PP$
situation_NN
would_MD
act_VB
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
no_DT
invincible_JJ
superhero_NP
who_WP
only_RB
blurts_VBZ
out_RP
one-liners_NNS
,_,
he_PP
(_(
believe_VB
it_PP
or_CC
not_XNOT
)_)
acts_NNS
like_IN
a_DT
human_JJ
being_NN
!_!
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cast_NN
,_,
including_IN
richard_NP
harris_NP
,_,
djimon_JJ
hounsou_???
,_,
walter_NP
hill_NN
,_,
derek_NP
jacobi_NP
,_,
and_CC
connie_NP
nielsen_NP
are_BER
also_RB
first_OD
rate_NN
._.
ridley_NP
scott_NP
,_,
using_VBG
outstanding_JJ
special_JJ
effects_NNS
,_,
has_HVZ
brilliantly_RB
recreated_VBN
the_DT
roman_JJ
coliseum_NN
,_,
the_DT
loudness_NN
of_IN
the_DT
roman_JJ
mob_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
city_NN
of_IN
rome_NP
in_IN
general_JJ
._.
the_DT
visuals_NNS
are_BER
breathtaking_JJ
and_CC
voluminous_JJ
,_,
like_IN
a_DT
cleopatra_NP
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
2000_CD
._.
the_DT
costuming_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
wonderful_JJ
from_IN
the_DT
detailed_JJ
shields_NNS
and_CC
armor_NN
to_IN
the_DT
exquisite_JJ
dress_NN
of_IN
the_DT
upper-class_JJ
politicians_NNS
._.
gladiator_NN
is_BEZ
another_DT
movie_NN
you_PP
have_HV
to_TO
see_VB
on_IN
the_DT
big_JJ
screen_NN
to_IN
get_VB
the_DT
most_DT
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
experience_NN
._.
along_IN
with_IN
u-571_???
,_,
action_NN
fans_NNS
should_MD
have_HV
plenty_PN
to_TO
see_VB
in_IN
theaters_NNS
this_DT
week_NN
and_CC
should_MD
expect_VB
much_DT
more_DT
excitement_NN
to_IN
come_VB
this_RB
summer_NN
of_IN
2000_CD
._.
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