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Troy (2004)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 221
Fresh: 120 | Rotten: 101

A brawny, entertaining spectacle, but lacking emotional resonance.

61

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 18

A brawny, entertaining spectacle, but lacking emotional resonance.

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Homer's sprawling tale of love and war in ancient Greece comes to the screen in all its grandeur in this epic-scale adventure. In 1193 B.C., Paris, Prince of Troy (Orlando Bloom), has fallen in love; however, the beautiful woman who has beguiled him is Helen, Queen of Sparta (Diane Kruger), who is wed to King Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson). While Helen is hardly immune to Paris' charms, this doesn't blunt Menelaus' fury when Paris steals her away from him. Menelaus' brother Agamemnon (Brian Cox),

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics

David Benioff

Jan 4, 2005

$133.1M

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All Critics (222) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (120) | Rotten (101) | DVD (38)

A numbingly reliable tick-tock of expository set pieces alternating with vast CGI-aided battle scenes.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A fairly routine action picture with an advanced case of grandeuritis.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Harsh, serious, and both exhilarating and tragic, the right tonal combination for Homer.

August 1, 2004
New Yorker
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The latest in a very long line of films made to give us those things that other mediums could not provide.

June 23, 2004
The New Republic
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It's massive, opulent, passionate and -- unlike most summer time-wasters -- surprisingly intelligent.

May 20, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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... several of the scenes are just some of the best battle scenes I've seen in a long time.

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Violent, watered-down version of The Iliad.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

While an achievement in visuals, Troy fails in every other aspect including its writing and storytelling.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Despite its shortcomings, Troy is a visual smorgasbord.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The face-off between Achilles and Hector is beautifully realized, all the more wounding because we can precisely read each man's emotions going into the fight.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (2)
eFilmCritic.com

It's coherent at least. But only barely. Its special effects are pretty, and it has a cool soundtrack (though it's over-used). But boy is the writing terrible. I mean, terrible.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

All the cast members, even Mr. Pitt, adopt the obligatory British accent, sans contractions, employed by the historical drama genre, even though the action takes place in Ancient Greece.

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

Troy condenses Homer's ten-year war into a couple of months.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: www.kcactive.com | Comments (2)

The battle of Troy takes the jump from history books to film with little consideration, disregarding the story's historical accuracy and failing to entertain audiences with the kind of flashy battle sequences the summer season demands.

July 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Aside from being the first Hair Movie of the year, Troy also claims the prize of being the first Get Your Fat Butt to the Gym Movie of the year.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies
Freeze Dried Movies

'A valiant but doomed affair, as carefully constructed -- and ultimately as hollow -- as the Trojan Horse itself.'

March 22, 2005 Full Review
Las Vegas Mercury

It's no classic but Troy does prove to be a damn good film overall.

March 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Wooden horse, wooden acting, wouldn't bother if I were you.

March 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Troy is not a great film, not even an especially good film, but it is an engrossing film, sometimes for the wrong reasons but close enough for Hollywood.

December 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Troy is an empty and dispiriting game, a contest of steroid-ingesting brutes who have made themselves gods in their own minds.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Emotionally inert sand and sandals extravaganza

November 14, 2004 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Feel your jaw drop when first viewing the arrival of the thousand Greek ships, a visual masterpiece.

October 14, 2004 Full Review
Kansas City Kansan

See for yourself, but, for me, it was much ado about nothing.

October 7, 2004 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com

Bruising battles and some stirring performances make Troy enjoyable, if rather long.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Troy

Homer's The Iliad is the basis of this film and whether or not the actual Trojan War took place this film actually does the story/fable/myth great justice with its glorious lavish looks. For me the mystery behind this ancient Greek plot is all the more intriguing and boosts my favour for the film. From what I see and have read Petersen's film is quite accurate to what we know of the event, everything seems to play out as it should and there doesn't appear to be much Hollywood tomfoolery going on with the details, well not too much.

One Slight argument could be raised about a minor detail, Achilles relationship to Patroclus is not known for sure, where as here they are cousins. As for some other bigger issues...King Agamemnon wasn't killed in Troy but returned to Greece, Paris did actually die in Troy during the war and Helen of Troy was suppose to have been taken back to Sparta. So a little artistic license used it seems but not too bad, why it was done that way I don't know.

As for the film...well it looks gorgeous, the location work really sets this up beautifully as everything looks a soft sandy golden colour against the piercing blue Aegean Sea although not actually filmed against the Aegean Sea. The Walls of Troy are powerful and impressive looking as the Greeks attack them throughout, the battles are huge with vast channels of warriors facing off against the city walls and each other, some excellent battle sequences I assure you. The scope of the battles is probably the best aspect of the film really, a lot of historical films have good battles in them these days but you really get a sense of size here plus its all in broad daylight so its gotta look sharp.

The visuals, the costumes (LOVE that dark coloured Myrmidon armour, very striking, very cool), the sets and the battles can't be faulted but unfortunately one thing lets all this down badly and that's the casting. Pretty much every member of the cast is a bad choice and doesn't fit the bill at all, harsh but true. Brian Cox as Agamemnon is far too much of a villain in the film and hams it up atrociously...you'd think he was in the next ''Die Hard' flick! Gleeson looks the part but his Irishness keeps coming through, he's in the wrong time period and army. Pitt simply can't act too well I'm afraid, always his major downfall, plus he looks too buff and pretty for the part really which takes away any sense of realism. Yep Pitt looks too good, too super heroic for his own good.

Bana really puts in a poor show here for some reason, I just didn't feel the power he should have, the emotion just wasn't there plus his Aussie accent kept creeping in. The same for Bean with his Yorkshire accent which isn't covered at all!! so you have King Odysseus with a Sheffield South Yorkshire accent for Christ's sake! Then you have the very weak talented Bloom who somehow manages to keep getting cast in big films, yes he looks perfect for this role but he simply can't handle the weight of this type of epic film. Lastly we have the mighty Peter O' Toole who again like other cast members just doesn't seem to have the power or weight needed for the role, he came across as tired and almost reluctant to embrace the role, a stunning actor for sure but he didn't seem right here.

Its a damn fine film to take on Homers ancient poem but I just wish Petersen had used a cast that wasn't simply chosen for their big name status at the time. I would of thought he had more sense than that and as a result he lets down this film which could of been truly epic in every aspect. Its definitely a visually spectacular war movie that's for sure, very pretty looking ancient battle porn, but methinks that's all it really is.
April 29, 2014
phubbs1

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Based on Homer's The Iliad, one of the most famous tale's ever told, Troy has all the usual Hollywood epic ingredients; an American hero with bulging biceps sporting an odd accent, a supporting cast of British character actors who routinely show him up (especially Peter O'Toole who brings some real humanity to his somewhat underwritten role) and a soundtrack of the usual faux-folk warbling and penny whistles that seem to mean "ye olden days" to US audiences. Brian Cox is actually pretty good fun as the megalomaniacal king and Orlando Bloom's fresh faced vulnerability that I find usually compromises him in leading roles actually works to his advantage here. To be honest, all the characters are really just stereotypical "heroes" with little insight or depth but it has a sense of spectacle that reminded me of the similar old school historical adventures that pleasantly pass rainy Sunday afternoons. The fact is your enjoyment of this film is entirely dependent on whether or not you can swallow Brad Pitt as an ancient Greek hero and I have to say as ridiculous a casting choice it was, he does bring a hell of a lot of presence to the screen. It's no Gladiator, but compared to dim-witted trash like Clash Of The Titans it's a masterpiece.
April 18, 2012
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Oklahoman Brad Pitt as Greek war hero? I didn't want to believe it, but given the medium he does quite well in this famous story done Hollywood style. O'Toole adds gravitas, Bana com-Pitt-tition (muscle for muscle), Cox is nicely disagreeable, Gleeson unrecognizable under a beard, and a splendid time is guaranteed for all. For once, too, I did not need my Cliff Notes to know how it would end.
August 31, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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    1. Achilles: Imagine a king who fights his own battles. Wouldn't that be a sight.
    – Submitted by Patricia Rowenda B (11 months ago)
    1. Achilles: Play your tricks on me. But not on my cousin.
    2. Odysseus: You have your swords. I have my tricks. We play with the toys the gods give us.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
    1. Agamemnon: Achilles is one man!
    2. Odysseus: Hector is one man! Look what he did to us today!
    3. Agamemnon: I don't care about the man's alliegence, I care about his ability to win battles!
    4. Odysseus: Hector fights for his country! Achilles fights only for himself!
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
    1. Achilles: We men are wretched things.
    – Submitted by Raisul I (17 months ago)
    1. Prince Hector of Troy: I've seen this moment in my dreams. I'll make a pact with you. With the gods as our witnesses, let us pledge that the winner will allow the loser all the proper funeral rituals.
    2. Achilles: There are no pacts between lions and men. Now you know who you're fighting.
    3. Prince Hector of Troy: I thought it was you I was fighting yesterday. And I wish it had been, but I gave the dead boy the honor he deserved.
    4. Achilles: You gave him the honor of your sword. You won't have eyes tonight, you won't have ears or a tongue. You will wander the underworld blind, deaf, and dumb, and all the dead will know - this is Hector, the fool who thought he killed Achilles.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (18 months ago)
    1. Achilles: You're a far better king than the one leading this army.
    – Submitted by Lucas B (20 months ago)
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