Troy

2004

Action / Adventure / Drama / Fantasy / History / Romance

556
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 54%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 74%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 465221

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Cast

Brad Pitt as Achilles
Rose Byrne as Briseis
Sean Bean as Odysseus
Garrett Hedlund as Patroclus
720p.BLU
798.65 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
2hr 43 min
P/S 53 / 310

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Gilliam123 7 / 10

Troy

This is a review of the film Troy, which was released in 2004. It is directed by Wolfgang Petterson and written by David Benioff, and based on the Iliad by Homer. King Agamemnon (Brian Cox) is ruler of Mycenea, but wishes to rule an empire, so his army slowly conquers the rest of what is now Greece. The only threat to his empire is a neighbouring country called Troy. Agamemnon's brother Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson) is tired of war, so he negotiate's peace with the Trojan princes Hector (Eric Bana) and Paris (Orlando Bloom). Upon leaving, Paris reveals to Hector that he has taken Menelaus's wife, Helen (Diane Kruger) with him, as he loves her. Menelaus goes to Agamemnom to start a war, and Agamemnom manages to convince legendary warrior Achilles (Brad Pitt) to fight among the Greek army. Hector and Paris arrive in Troy, and tell their father Priam (Peter O'Toole) of the upcoming war. Agamemnom arrives on the beaches of Troy with 1,000 ships, but after day 1, Achilles refuses to fight, and instead cares to Trojan prisoner Briseis (Rose Byrne). Over the next two battles Hector kills Menelaus, Ajax (who is the Greek's best warrior after Achilles), and Achilles's cousin, Patroclus, and finally Achilles decides to don his armour and face Hector in a duel to the death. Achilles wins and kills Hector but makes a pact with Priam to allow the Trojans 12 days of peace. After 12 days, Priam and his men ride out to find the Trojan horse, and all the Greeks gone. Priam orders the horse to be brought into the city of Troy. That night, Odysseus (Sean Bean) and his men escape form the horse, and open the gates and allow Agamemnon and all of his thousands of men in. Achilles also escapes from the horse, and goes to find Briseis. in the confusion, Priam is killed by Agamemnon, who is in turn killed by Briseis, and as Achilles escapes for a new life with her, Paris shoots him through the ankle and he dies. While all three of leads have both good points and flaws, it is Peter O'Toole and Julie Christie in small supporting roles that, as per usual, put in the best performances. Brian Cox seems to ham it up to much, but Brendan Gleeson and Sean Bean do well enough with the bland characters they are given. The fight scenes are great, although some of the close combat tactics used by Achilles are all but impossible. The more rough style used by Hector of Ajax feels more realistic, but the duel between Hector and Achilles is the best scene of the film.

Reviewed by ja0576 9 / 10

It's just a movie

I'm sick of all the bad reviews for this movie. I really don't give a damn if it's true to the Iliad or not. The movie is extremely entertaining. I really like the fact that the gods are downplayed in this movie. It makes the story a lot more realistic. The acting was good. The story was good. The dialogue was good. The action scenes were good. I really can't see what's not to like in this movie. I guess I could pick it apart and find flaws, but I could do that with every movie ever made. For those upset by the fact that there was no definite good side or bad side, I have some shattering news. In war, there is never a good side or bad side. War is all subjective depending on whose side you are on. Every side thinks they are the good guys. A lot of people were upset about Paris, who is cast as a coward, becoming heroic in the end. Like it or not, we all have cowardliness and heroism within us. We just don't like to admit it. So, ignore the critics and watch this movie. Remember, critics have an opinion just like everyone else and as the old saying goes, opinions are like a**holes. Everyone has one and a lot of them stink. You don't have to agree with me, but don't let someone else make up your mind for you either.

Reviewed by Wuchak 10 / 10

"Where does it end?" -- "It never ends."

If Homer's mythical epic "The Iliad" is based on a factual story, that story is magnificently depicted in Wolfgang Petersen's 2004 epic film "Troy." In other words, don't expect any goofy 'gods' or 'goddesses' like Athena popping out of thin air because "Troy" is an ultra-realistic and serious portrayal of the Trojan war.

More than that, "Troy" is without a doubt the BEST sword & sandal epic ever put to film. You name the picture -- "Samson and Delilah," "Spartacus," "Ben-Hur," "Ulysses," "The Viking Queen," "Braveheart," "Attila," "The Odyssey," "Gladiator," etc. -- "Troy" is BETTER. Okay, maybe I'm getting a bit carried away here because I just viewed "Troy" and it blew me away, but "Troy" is at least AS GOOD as some of the better flicks just mentioned, like "Ben-Hur," and far edges out "Spartacus" and "Samson and Delilah." As for more recent sword & sandal epics like the overrated "Braveheart" or "Gladiator," "Troy" utterly blows 'em out of the water -- no lie.

Roger Ebert is a great writer and critic, but his mediocre review of "Troy" is all wrong. Ebert's major criticisms, believe it or not, are the main reasons I have such high respect for this film -- He complains that Petersen omitted the many Greek 'gods' & 'goddesses' and gripes that the actors perform their roles as believable people and not larger-than-life caricatures. This can, of course, be respectably done, as in the 1955 film "Ulysses," but this is not what Petersen was shooting for in "Troy." His goal, as already noted, was to depict the ACTUAL Trojan war that Homer's myth is based on (and even if it never really took place, wars LIKE IT did).

Regarding Brad Pitt's heavily criticized performance as Achilles, I'm not a major Brad Pitt fan -- I neither love him or hate him -- but I think he does an outstanding and believable job portraying Greece's greatest warrior. No he's not the bulkiest warrior to ever grace the earth, but he's fast as lightning, confident, expertly skilled and deadly accurate. Even his voice completely fits the role. Eric Bana (from "Hulk") is also great as Hector, Achilles' Trojan counterpart, who's sick of war and just wants to live a life of peace with his family. These two have a showdown in the film and it is without a doubt the greatest man-to-man sword & sandal fight ever filmed -- really!

What's interesting about the picture is that you never really end up rooting for one side or the other. When Achilles and Hector have their powerful showdown, my wife and I couldn't decide who to root for. Maybe that's the point. Don't get me wrong here, Agamemnon could probably be viewed as the villain in this picture, and I wasn't rooting for Menelaus when he fights Paris (Orlando Bloom, who seduces Helen, Menelaus' wife), but neither the Greeks or the Trojans are painted as the 'good guys' or 'bad guys.' They're just people at war, and in war there's no real glory, as Hector points out,... and it never ends, as Achilles states. An additional point of the film is that living in a state of war is a JOYLESS existence. And both Bana and Pitt get this across well.

As for beautiful women, there are only a couple mentionables: Diane Kruger plays Helen, "the face that launched a thousand ships." Some have complained that she's too plain for the role, but I disagree. Not that I think she's some ultra-ravishing beauty (although she does have a supremely impressive rear-end shot), but she's certainly not plain looking; and, besides, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder -- if Paris deems her worthy of starting a war, who are we to disagree? Also on hand is cutie Rose Byrne who plays Briseis, the virgin priestess whom Achilles converts to the pleasures of the flesh.

I should point out that "Troy" is one of the most expensive pictures ever made, close to 200 million dollars, and it definitely SHOWS on the screen. Make no mistake, "Troy" is breath-taking just to WATCH -- the colossal armies, ships and battles are awe-inspiring to behold, not to mention the Maltan and Mexican locations. And the CGI effects are outstanding, not fake-looking like the Rome and Coliseum scenes in "Gladiator."

Another complaint by Ebert is that the dialogue is lousy; nothing could be further from the truth. There are great pieces of dialogue interspersed throughout the flick, including Achilles' comment that the 'gods' envy people because we're mortal and "Everything's beautiful because we're doomed." So don't worry, there's thankfully not one 'humorous,' goofy one-liner anywhere to be found.

James Horner's score should also be mentioned. If you enjoyed the soundtrack for "The Passion of the Christ" you'll love this one because it's just as good/serious/appropriate/powerful. For instance, the intense percussion during Achilles and Hector's showdown is magnificent.

INTERESTING NOTE: Brad Pitt, who plays Achilles, injured his Achilles tendon while making the film. Fitting, no?

FINAL WORD: If you're into sword & sandal epics, "Troy" will blow you away. The story captivates you right from the very beginning and never lets up the entire 2.5 hour running time. Beyond this "Troy" extravagantly visualizes the Trojan war for you, something I never did until seeing this mind-blowing, outstanding piece of cinema.

Keep in mind that those who give "Troy" a poor rating are the same losers who think "Jackass -- the Movie" is a great film.

GRADE: A+

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