We're less than a week into the New Year and I've already discovered a rather alarming trend for the year, which is that studios seem to be willing to spend money on making big sword and sandals movies again.
These epic movies were popular during the early days of cinema, but then they went away for a while with a few notable resurrections over the years, the first major one of the 21st Century being Ridley Scott's Gladiator
in 2000, which was successful enough that studios started seeing the big historic war epics as viable again. Six years later, Zack Snyder's 300
helped give the genre a bigger boost by creating a far more stylish war epic based o Frank Miller's graphic novel using state of the art CG backgrounds. Falling right between them was Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ
, which proved that there was a huge audience of faithful Catholics and Christians who were willing to flock to see a movie about their religious icon. While that wasn't an action movie perse its biblical setting puts it into a similar genre as the other two and that ended up grossing $370 million.