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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as I expected, 1 April 2007
This review is from: Troy (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) [DVD] [2004] (DVD)
I expected this to be you're standard high budget, over the top Hollywood rubbishathon. But it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be.

To summarise the plot briefly for you, Helen of Sparta runs away from her husband Menelaus, fleeing to Troy with Paris. As a result of her treachery, Menelaus enlists the help of his mighty brother, Agamamnon, to take Greece to war with the Trojans. They promptly sail over ot Troy with the largest army the world had ever seen. When they arrive, Agamemnon has to deal with the temperamental yet powerful warrior Achilles, who is the greatest fighter the Greeks have, but dislies Agamemnon so much he refuses to figh for him. It is ultimately the fact that Hector, the Trojans best fighter, kills Achilles' cousin in battle that spurs him back into action. There are a series of wonderful battle scenes throughout this and it all culminates with the infamous trojan horse and the sacking of Troy.

The film sticks surprisingly closely to the plot of Homer's epic poem the 'Iliad', on which the movie is based. I still have a series of, some would say 'minor' objections to it though.

First of all the trojan war was supposed to be 10 years long, 'the Iliad' occurs in the tenth year, this film has the trojan war last about two weeks. Secondly Agamemnon shouldn't die in the war, the fact they have him die is just a complete sell out as far as I can see, the Hollywood convenient ending, he's supposed to return home victorious and be murdered by his wife in the bath.

Away from what I don't agree with in the plot, Brad Pitt, who plays Achilles, is incredibly wooden I feel, and doesn't fit into the roll at all. Orlando Bloom, who I am not a fan of, turns in a decent performance as Paris, but it is the other actors who really excel and make this film a four star show. Eric Banner as Hector is wonderful, and the British contingent all put in a fantastic show, Brian Cox as Agamemnon gives for me the best performace, Sean Bean as Odysseus is as brilliant as ever, and Peter O'Toole is a welcome addition to the cast too as King Priam of Troy.

To go along with this string of top class performances, the action is intense too, the battle scense are rightly heralded as perhaps the best ever seen on the big screen and well worth watching. The setting are also fantastic, and in short is a film that looks wonderful throughout.

Troy is an enjoyable watch, the action is great and the acting is largely of a high calibre, sadly a couple of changes to the plot I don't agree with and the lack lustre showing from Bradd Pitt in the lead roll let this film slip from a five star affair to a four star one.

These are only slight faults in the film and I still highly recommend it as well worth a watch.
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