Keywords: gladiator movie review essay, gladiator movie review In the film Gladiator, Marcus Aurelius the Emperor of Rome selects the victorious standard Maximus Decimus Meridias rather than his own boy Commodus to be his heir. Because of the lack of electricity Commodus was given, he condemned Maximus and his family to fatality. Commodus could not take the actual fact that his father did not choose him over Maximus so he made a decision to end his life by strangling him. Since Marcus Aurelius was useless, there was no possible way for break of Rome to find out what his true dieing hopes were. Commodus managed to get flawlessly clear to everyone that his dad required him to dominate after he passed away, because he knew people would imagine him alternatively than Maximus. Maximus was struggling to save his wife and son's life, since Commodus got to Spain first.