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Troy (Two-Disc Widescreen Edition) (2004)

A movie directed by Wolfgang Petersen

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  • Apr 30, 2009
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If you liked the recent King Arthur or the Lord of the Rings movies, you should like this one. Everything about it was excellent from the cinematography, to the acting, with excellent action. The battle between Hector and Achilles is epic. Peter O'Toole is excellent, in probably his best role in years.

The makers took great liberties changing the story around from the myth with great success. Having known about the Trojan horse and how everything was going to work out in the end did kind of spoil it a little but not enough to take away one of the 5 stars.

Brad Pitt is excellent as Achilles!

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April 30, 2009
I watched for 3 reasons; Eric Bana and Brad Pitt of course, because I like sword and sandal movies, and because I was curious how they would handle the whole mythological aspect. As you noticed they didn't. There was no mention at all of Achilles' supposed invulnerability except of course for his Achilles' heel. But then there was that little throw away at the end of the film where he pulls out every arrow EXCEPT the one that has hit him in the heel. That makes no sense except to those of us who were waiting for it.
April 30, 2009
I think the director wanted to take the story in a new direction. Also, these types of period movies don't seem to do well if they start putting the mythology to them (Clash of the Titans comes to mind). The Clive Owen King Arthur tale was great for the same reasons.
April 30, 2009
WEll they don't have to really put the mythology into them. Just a passing remark by someone that he's rumored to be invulnerable would have been nice.
 
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review by . December 13, 2008
In recent times, Hollywood has sparked a renewed interest in the great epics of ancient Greece.  May 14th of 2004 brought the release of Troy starring Brad Pitt.  Before this, there were countless miniseries, movies, and TV shows, both accurately and inaccurately, depicting the mythological life of Homer's great epic heroes.  Included among these was a wonderful NBC mini-series called The Odyssey, which, in fact, covered both of the poems of Homer to some extent.  There is a …
review by . November 17, 2008
If "Camelot" is the romanticized version of "King Arthur", then "The Iliad" went through an extreme makeover for "Troy".     There are enough pretty faces to launch several thousand ships, and I'm not even talking about Helen here. The main attractions are ripped biceps, chiseled chins, sculpted chests and smooth, bronzed legs.     This is another arrow-full movie, with lots of big battle scenes and gritty hand-to-hand combat, but be warned that an entire …
review by . September 06, 2008
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review by . February 27, 2005
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review by . February 01, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
Based loosely on Homer's Iliad, this film recreates the Trojan war in telescoped form, compressing a decade and more of momentous events into a few weeks of political maneuvering and a few days of outright fighting. It succeeds in a variety of ways.     It creates an authentic seeming eastern Mediterranean bronze age world, not infected by the latter day Greece of classical times (which is more familiar to us), and thereby establishes a convincing cultural backdrop for the decisions …
review by . May 29, 2004
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Pros: Spectacular battle scene, Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Achilles.      Cons: Omission of Greek gods directly effecting events detracts from the story.     The Bottom Line: Troy the movie is spectacular. And while the story does not remain true to what Homer penned some 3,000 years ago, it does offer plenty of engaging, old-fashioned action.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Like most children …
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There are many reasons to recommendTroyas a good ol' fashioned Hollywood epic, especially if you've never read Homer'sThe Iliad. Dispensing with Greek gods altogether, this earnestly massive production (budgeted at upwards of $200 million) will surely offend historians and devoted students of the classics (for them, there's theHistory Channel's Troy). But there's politics aplenty in the grand-scale war that erupts when Trojan prince Paris (Orlando Bloom) makes off with Helen (blandly beautiful German model Diane Kruger), wife of Spartan ruler Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson), whose brother, the Greek king Agamemnon (Brian Cox) prods him into enraged retaliation. Greek warrior Achilles (Brad Pitt) brings lethal force to his battles (and there are many of them, mostly impressive), and his Trojan counterpart, Paris's brother Hector (Eric Bana), adds even more buffed-up beefcake to a film so chock-full o' hunks that there's barely room for Peter O'Toole (doing fine work as Trojan king Priam) and even less for Julie Christie, appearing ever-so-briefly as Achilles's melancholy mother. The drama is nearly as arid as the sun-baked locations (Mexico and Malta) that stand in for the Aegean coast, and many critics suggested that Pitt (who valiantly tries to give Achilles some tormented dimension) was simply miscast. But when you consider that Wolfgang Petersen also madeThe Perfect Storm, there's nothing wrong with enjoyingTroyas a semi-guilty ...
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Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Genre: Action, Adventure, Foreign, War
DVD Release Date: January 4, 2005
Runtime: 163 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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