For one thing, Xtreme feels like a stew of brilliant ideas from earlier films that has been simmered. Gladiator is the most important component. There are no gladiator fights in this picture, and Lisa Gerrard does not sing, but the brutality does create a spiritual environment. However, this is a John Wick film with a Gladiator-style plot. The main character is the one that the king prefers. The brother feels envious of the sister. He assassinates the father, ascends to the throne, and leaves the main character for dead. Both films’ heroes, Maximo and Maximus, have nearly identical names. Both characters have similar names, which the film acknowledges. However, it appears to be doing so.
Xtreme also has the vibe of a B-grade action film from the 1980s or 1990s. During dubious times, the male protagonist gawks at the single female lead in the picture. The villains are obnoxious and ripped with testosterone. The hero is so careless that he kills innocent people all around him. Only a needless sex scene with random patches of nudity for no apparent reason is missing. This isn’t to say the film isn’t enjoyable. Surprisingly, everything works better than it should because everyone involved, from the cast to the authors and staff, knew exactly what they were doing. IMDB