Morituri ★★★★

My first viewing of the film was strictly on the surface and most of the film operates there. My second viewing impressed me with the title as more than a glib allusion. Men are forced into the coliseum, or rather one is while others go in willingly. Maybe on a third viewing I'll approach it as a cypher--who are the gladiators and what role are they playing? But the film doesn't play out in that way with neat allegorical meanings or beats. Brando's character is constantly blocked and plans confounded in a way that could be construed as sloppy writing. I prefer to see it as realistically chaotic.