I think that the ideas of revenge, the conflict between political and personal forms of loyalty, as well as the notion of illegitimacy in government and how people respond to it are all shared elements between Shakespeare's work and Ridley Scott's film, Gladiator. If the focus was simply on revenge, I think that the protagonists in both are driven by the need to honor their family. Hamlet and his father and Maximus and his wife and child drive both of them to seek revenge, what is seen as honor for their family. I think that a significant difference would be that Maximus is a bit more focused on this end than Hamlet, who struggles to not allow his function be smothered by his surmise. Yet, it is evident that both characters drive towards this end of honoring their family. Both characters fundamentally struggle against an authority that is illegitimate, something having come to power through deceptive means against the more honorable form of authority. In the end, both protagonists struggle in a world where reason and logic has disappeared, compelling them to take action when no other force is either willing or capable to do so.