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Once watched is watched enough,
This review is from: Troy (2-Disc Widescreen Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)
As a 2.5 hour long chronicle of revenge, spite, strategy, war and death, Troy is successful to just a certain point.
Before I turn cynical, I must say that the background score is very rousing and really uplifts even the bland-est of scenes. Second, both Brad Pitt and Eric Bana, in true fashion of their characters-- Achilles and Hector-- are the real heroes of the enterprise bringing some much needed believability and dynamism to their already archtypically heroic characters. The third and the last thing that I found in Troy was the difference in the actual graph of the film. Its like the screenplay writer has very carefully omitted the oft-repeated war-film cliches, especially the final scene redemption.
But just because its different, doesn't really make it all good. The key ingredients which make any war-film memorable are the core conflict and the actual action and surprisingly, Troy falls woefully short on both counts. Neither does the preluding love-story elicit any emotion from the audience nor do the battles provide any thrill (the action, it must be said, is so lame and bland, even a street-fight has more innovative moves). And then who actually do you feel for as the final titles roll-- more than half of you cared for are slashed, and most of those who are left have either fleed or are being burnt away. And plus sequences like the so-called "experienced" advisors of the Troy kingdom advising the king to take a decidedly hideous looking mammoth of a horse back to their confines when you are sitting there thinking... that IS such an obvious hideaway, its just not funny.
Overall, Troy is just an okay film. Once watched is watched enough. It won't make you poke your eyes but won't make them wet either.