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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), the power-hungry king of the Mycenaeans, is eager to expand his empire through Troy to the lands of the Aegean Sea, and he uses Paris' romantic slight against Menelaus as an excuse to wage an all-out war against the great walled city. Priam, King of Troy (Peter O'Toole), summons his armies, led by Prince Hector (Eric Bana), to meet the onslaught of Agamemnon's forces, but while the great city has yet to yield in a battle, Agamemnon has a formidable ally -- Achilles (Brad Pitt), a mighty and seemingly unstoppable warrior whose presence could tip the scales in Agamemnon's favor. Sean Bean, Julie Christie, Saffron Burrows, and Rose Byrne highlight the film's supporting cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Brad Pitt
as Achilles
Eric Bana
as Hector
Diane Kruger
as Helen of Sparta
Brian Cox
as Agamemnon
Sean Bean
as Odysseus
Brendan Gleeson
as King Menelaus
Peter O'Toole
as King Priam
Nathan Jones
as Boagrius
Siri Svegler
as Polydora
Ken Bones
as Hippasus
Garrett Hedlund
as Patroclus
James Cosmo
as Glaucus
Nigel Terry
as Archeptolemus
Trevor Eve
as Velior
Owain Yeoman
as Lysander
Saffron Burrows
as Andromache
Luke Tal
as Scamandrius
Matthew Tal
as Scamandrius
Rose Byrne
as Briseis
Louis Dempsey
as Aphareus
Tim Chipping
as Echepolus
Desislava Stefanova
as singing woman
Tanja Tzarovska
as singing woman
Adoni Maropis
as Agamemnon's Officer
Lucie Barat
as Helen's Handmaiden
Alex King
as Apollonian Guard
Jacob Smith
as Messenger Boy
Manuel Cauchi
as Old Spartan Fisherman
Jordi Casares
as Horsemaster
Richard Ryan
as sword master
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  • Nov 25, 2016
    submediocre across the bored... I mean board.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2016
    I wasn't keen on reviewing Troy originally, but long story short it was on the Space channel over five times this weekend and I ended up giving up my grudges against this film and sitting through it once or twice because there was nothing else to do and I wasn't motivated enough to climb the flight of stairs to my Blu-Ray collection so here goes. Troy cashes in as a large-scale film mainly because of it's keen casting choices which included Diane Kruger, Brad Pitt, and snagging two of the Fellowship alumni from Lord of the Rings in the form of Sean Bean and Orlando Bloom who directed a lot of hype towards this film, but surprisingly it wasn't as lackluster as I remember it being the last time I watched it back in 2009. Much like the previous Helen of Troy miniseries which came out a year prior, Troy tells a slightly different version of the tale of the union between Helen and Paris and how it caused the fall of the ancient city of Troy. However, unlike the miniseries which is vastly different in terms of story and character personalities, Troy focuses more on the characters and their choice rather than being centred on the events themselves which led up to the Sacking of Troy. The more human-centred approach works well with the different spectrums of versatility the main cast brings to the table, but all things aside the film itself is decently acted most of the way through and the chemistry between Bloom's Paris and Kruger's Helen is evident, as is the platonic relationship between Pitt's Achilles and Bean's Odysseus with Bean giving the film a more world-weary approach which somewhat balances the romance between Helen and Paris although the two lovers and Odysseus barely cross paths within the film itself. The film itself isn't on the same caliber as the opus of Lord of the Rings, or even a few other films based in Ancient times, but it holds up more proficiently than most people give it credit for, and for that I will say that in most ways, it's an okay film. Just not watched five times in a row.
    Kal X. A Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2012
    I just saw this in one of our mythology classes. I can't remember most of it but I do recall the good looks of Eric Bana. All in all, I think it's not that bad but it will never manage to be as stunning as the other epic movies like Braveheart and Gladiator.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2012
    Troy is an overlooked epic that doesn't deserve the rotten rating it received. While it certainly doesn't have big emotion that we would expect from these kind of movies. That doesn't make it a bad movie, just a bad epic. Troy is an adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved. Troy is not a completely faithful adaptation of the famous story, and that`s a good thing. If it was, we would of had babies being killed, an important character shot in the knee and immediately dying, and lots of special effects for the Greek gods and their involvement. All of these would have made it more implausible than it already is. It`s already unbelievable that thousands of men are dying for one women and the more realistic approach taken in this movie works in it favor. Depending whether or not if you read the story of Troy by Homer will determine how much you like this movie. Since Troy has great material to work from you can expect a lot great dialogue to enhance a certain scene. One problem with the writing is that it doesn't have any big emotion behind it. This is mostly due to poor character development, the movie tells us happened before the battle of Troy instead of showing us, and the idea that thousands of men dying for two men dispute over a woman who is not properly developed nor is it properly build up is plausible enough. Despite not having the emotions we would expect from a epic, it's still good entertainment even without it. The cast on the other hand is well put together, except Brad Pitt character. Brad Pitt delivers a good performance, but his character is just not likable since he's basically a heartless killing machine who other enjoyment comes from sex. My favorite actor from the cast was easily Eric Bana. He's the only actor who came out both great and enjoyable at the same time. He was just terrific, a blast to watch, and was actually talented enough to make me care about his character death despite the so-so writing he got. As for the face that launched a thousand ship, Diane Kruger, in my opinion at-least, she's not worth dying for. It`s not her fault, its poor writing as we`re never really given anything much to like about her let alone fight for her. The battle scenes look great, but aren't impressive themselves. That's not entirely bad as we do see some great cinematography of the battle scenes and are for memorable in opinion. Troy is simply just a bad epic, but it has all the making of a good movie. With great production values and effort put into Troy it's certainly worth a watch even if comes a little short from your expecting from a epic.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer

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