When General Marcus Vinicius returns to Rome from battle, he falls in love with Lygia, an adopted daughter of a fellow general, but effectively a hostage. When she is presented to him as a gift, he discovers she is in secret a Christian. When Emperor Nero decides all Christians must be thrown to the lions, it is up to Marcus to save Lygia and her family, and in so doing discover that Rome is in need of a soul.
Enough large-scale spectacle scenes to outweigh the inevitable religiose sludge that creeps in between them
Reviewed by Ian Nathan
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