I love the movie, Gladiator! I shouldn’t like it so much because the story-line is brutal and unforgiving. However, the main character Maximus, played by Russell Crowe, is a courageous, strong-willed fighter who finds a way to overcome his own adversity to help others. Without going into great movie detail, after his wife and son are murdered, Maximus is also betrayed by jealous leader and enslaved as a gladiator. The story follows the wounded broken man’s life, as a fearless warrior, fueled by hate and vengeance to become a leader willing to die for someone's freedom.