Gladiator Russell Crowe is now on Netflix.
By Douglas Helm | Published
Aren’t you amused? Well, you’re gonna be because of Russell Crowe Slave just hit Netflix and it’s easily one of the best Australian actor movies. If you’re in the mood for historical epics over the centuries, this film will hit the spot.
In Slave, Russell Crowe plays Maximus Decimus Meridius, a Roman general whose family is betrayed when Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) kills his father and takes the throne. Maximus then becomes a slave turned gladiator, who rises through the ranks with his combat prowess and seeks revenge for his family.
The world of ancient Greece and Rome was ripe for big-budget Hollywood movies, and few did it better than Slave. Not only do the sights and sounds delight the senses, bringing this fascinating period of history to life on our screens, but they also feature career-best performances from Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. Crowe uses his brute charm to play the down-to-earth protagonist against the slimy antagonist Phoenix you love to hate.
Of course, you can’t talk about it Slave without showing talent behind the camera. The great Ridley Scott added another great film to his filmography. The film also has a very impressive score thanks to Hanz Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard.
It’s honestly a little surprising that Slave it turned out fine, considering the script went through extensive rewrites in the middle of filming. Many actors even complained about the script and suggested extensive changes, especially Russell Crowe. Thankfully, the changes and rewrites seemed to work as the film ended up becoming one of the best blockbusters of the 2000s.
As far as money goes, Slave pretty much the hit that everyone expected. When you have famous actors like Russell Crowe and directors like Ridley Scott, your movies are sure to make money. Slave it eventually opened at number one with $34.8 million and grossed over $460 million worldwide against its budget of $103 million.
This makes Slave second highest grossing film of 2000, lagging right behind Mission: Impossible 2 which has the advantage of being a sequel starring one of Hollywood’s biggest and most bankable stars of all time. Mission: Impossible 2 also has the advantage of not being an R-rated film, so the potential audience is slightly larger. Slave remains Russell Crowe’s second highest-grossing film to this day, removed only by Man of Steel in 2013.
The movie too very liked by both critics and audiences. The Academy also liked him very much, as they nominated him for 12 awards. It also took home several awards, including Best Actor for Russell Crowe, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, and the coveted Best Film award at the end of the night.
We would be remiss not to mention the other supporting cast who helped launch Slave from great films to masterpieces in the making of historic blockbusters. Along with Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, the film also stars Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Jacobi, John Shrapnel, Richard Harris, and Tommy Flanagan. Slave would also be Oliver Reed’s last role, as he had to be replaced with CGI doubles in several scenes after he died while filming from a heart attack.
Even though we’re all quite familiar with Crowe now, he wasn’t that famous back then Slave go out. Australian audiences were familiar with him and he started to become a superstar in America after his breakthrough role in LA secret and Insiderbut Slave actually launched him to international fame. Crowe will continue to maintain its quality Beautiful thoughts in 2001, which earned him another Best Actor nomination.
Since then, Russell Crowe has starred in many great films, including Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Cinderella Man, American Gangsters, 3:10 to Yumaand Good People. Recently, he’s sported a few more sandals to play a very different character from Maximus – the Greek god Zeus himself in Thor: Love and Thunder. Judging by the film’s end credits, we should definitely see more of Crowe’s character in the MCU in the near future.
Meanwhile, Russell Crowe’s latest film Biggest Beer Run Ever playing in select theaters and now available for streaming on Apple TV+. If you want to see the latest Crowe movies, you can always stream. Or, you can choose the classic one and check it out Slave while on Netflix.