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Troy (2004)

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9/10: Stretched epic with some awe...
Saturday, June 20, 2020

Stretched epic with some awe cinematography Loosely based on Homer's 'Iliad', Wolfgang Petersen directs this epic war film, with an ensemble cast including Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Brian Cox, Rose Byrne, Garrett Hedlund, Peter O' Toole, Brendan Gleeson, & Tyler Mane. Set in 1193 B.C., this movie tells the story of a war between the two cities of Troy and Sparta, and the story of one of the bravest warriors to roam ancient Greece named Achilles. King Agamemnon (Brian Cox) is ruler of Mycenea, but wishes to rule an empire, so his army slowly conquers the rest of what is now Greece. The only threat to his empire is a neighbouring country called Troy. Agamemnon's brother Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson) is tired of war, so he negotiate's peace with the Trojan princes Hector (Eric Bana) and Paris (Orlando Bloom). Upon leaving, Paris reveals to Hector that he has taken Menelaus's wife...

6/10: An infuriatingly mixed bag CONTAINS...
Wednesday, June 2, 2004

An infuriatingly mixed bag CONTAINS SPOILERSWolfgang Peterson's Troy is an infuriatingly mixed bag – by no means the disaster most critics say but not the masterpiece it could have been.Based (somewhat loosely) on Homer's The Illiad, Troy tells of the ten year siege of Troy caused by Prince Paris illicit romance with Helen of Sparta – the face that launched a thousand ships. And those thousand ships, battles, and numerous special effects certainly please the eye. But huge battles do not a great film make. Fortunately, the Illiad is such a superb story it's virtually impossible to mess it up completely. Most of the cast acquit themselves well, despite mispronouncing certain names. Brad Pitt makes a fine Achilles, Brian Cox a suitably scheming King Agamemnon, and Orlando Bloom an appropriately cowardly Paris. However, all are totally outclassed by Peter O'Toole's King Priam, an outstanding performance. In fact, it made me wish David Lean had...

10/10: Great Underrated Epic Wolfgang Petersen...
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Great Underrated Epic Wolfgang Petersen's Troy is one of my favorite war dramas ever. Althoughthe movie has lack of dialogueit delivers some of the best action sequences in cinema's history. If you love the battles in Lord of the Rings trilogy you would love this as well. The score is amazing. The cast includes great actors like Eric Bana, Brian Cox, Brendan Gleeson, Diane Kruger, Orlando Bloom, Garrett Hedlund, Sean Bean, Julie Christie, Vincent Regan, Rose Byrne and of course Brad Pitt who steals the show as usual. He portrayes the Greek demigod Achilles son of Peleus and Thetis. He considered as the greatest warrior ever lived. He wants to be remembered for that, that's why he decides to join his fellow Greeks to Troy. The thing that I like most in this movie is that it dosen't choose sides. There is no good and evil like most of the movies. Every character has his own...

9/10: So it's not(!) the...
Sunday, May 16, 2004

So it's not(!) the Iliad... But it's an inspiring tale of men(!) at war in ancient times. The movie, albeit long, moves along a good pace, with mercifully brief romantic and philosophical breaks between the combat scenes. This movie is action, with more than a little thought put into accurately presenting the realities of the tactics used in Greek warfare. Troy is also to be congratulated for not over-armoring the cast like previous Hollywood productions and staying true to the lightness of armor prevalent during the historical period.Lovers of Homer and Greek mythology may be disappointed but keep in mind this film is about the Trojan War, not the Iliad. This war is epic in scale and isn't about poetry.Still, it would be great if Sean Bean were given the opportunity to play Odysseus again. Although not on screen much in Troy, his performance is edgy and true to the legends of the cunning...

10/10: Still love this movie Watched...
Monday, January 13, 2020

Still love this movie Watched this movie last night. Had not seen it for years. Loved it then and loved it now. Yes, the acting is a bit naff but seriously what a movie. It really is a historical war movie rather tran an action flick. The battle and fights scenes are superb, some of the best you will see. The costumes, set design and CGI are excellent. Everything is bathed in glorious sunshine, I don't know how anyone can really knock it. It also does challenge you on who to support. The Greeks kind of go looking for war but at the same time it was the wimp Paris who ran off with Helen. The Trojan's don't want to fight but at the same time Paris did instigate it. Hector is the most noble but then stupidly steps into his brothers duel to save him, ending the one chance of peace Troy has. As for Achilles...

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