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1.0 out of 5 stars
Very disappointing - see the film instead, 11 Mar. 2005
I have a real interest in Greek history and mythology and this is easily the worst version of the Trojan war I have seen. Normally I'm quite easy to satisfy with this genre and will watch most things with good humour but this was dreadful.
I can understand taking liberties with an epic story set over more than 10 years - and this does take plenty of liberties - for the sake of telling a story in a manageable time but this really takes the proverbial. Agamemnon raping Helen, Menelaus being a weakling, Paris being a mighty warrior not a coward, no real semblance of Achilles having a quarrel with Agamemnon... I could go on. Practically the only main plot line kept is that the Greeks and Trojans had a scrap after Helen and Paris took a shine to each other.
All this wouldn't be so bad if the performances were any good. Rufus Sewell is believable as a single minded megalomaniac but no-one else is in any way convincing. Even Keanu Reeves has turned in more convincing acting displays.
If you're interested in the story of Troy see the more recent film or even the dated 60's film for a more credible and enjoyable version. Shame because it looks like they spent a bit of cash on this monster too.