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|Contributor||Garrett Hedlund, Ken Bones, Tyler Mane, Nigel Terry, Rose Byrne, Peter OToole, Owain Yeoman, Vincent Regan, Sean Bean, Brian Cox, Wolfgang Petersen, Brendan Gleeson, Brad Pitt, Siri Svegler, Eric Bana, John Shrapnel, James Cosmo, Diane Kruger, Julie Christie, Orlando Bloom, Saffron Burrows See more|
|Runtime||2 hours and 37 minutes|
In ancient Greece, the passion of two of literature\'s most notorious lovers, Paris, Prince of Troy (Orlando Bloom) and Helen (Diane Kruger), Queen of Sparta, ignites a war that will devastate a civilization. When Paris spirits Helen away from her husband, King Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson), it is an insult that cannot be suffered. Familial pride dictates that an affront to Menelaus is an affront to his brother Agamemnon (Brian Cox), powerful King of the Mycenaeans, who soon unites all the massive tribes of Greece to steal Helen back from Troy in defense of his brother\'s honour. In truth, Agamemnon\'s pursuit of honour is corrupted by his overwhelming greed - he needs to conquer Troy to seize control of the Aegean, thus ensuring the supremacy of his already vast empire. The walled city, under the leadership of King Priam (Peter O\'Toole) and defended by mighty Prince Hector (Eric Bana), is a citadel that no army has ever been able to breach. One man alone stands as the key to victory or defeat over Troy - Achilles (Brad Pitt), believed to be the greatest warrior alive. Arrogant, rebellious and seemingly invincible, Achilles has allegiance to nothing and no one, save his own glory. It is his insatiable hunger for eternal renown that leads him to attack the gates of Troy under Agamemnon\'s banner - but it will be love that ultimately decides his fate. Two worlds will go to war for honour and power. Thousands will fall in pursuit of glory. And for love, a nation will burn to the ground.
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.4 x 13.5 x 17 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : R-120316-9
- Director : Wolfgang Petersen
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 2 hours and 37 minutes
- Release date : 31 October 2007
- Actors : Peter OToole, Owain Yeoman, Ken Bones, Tyler Mane, Garrett Hedlund
- Dubbed: : English
- Studio : Roadshow Entertainment
- ASIN : B01FR38VW8
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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I usually enjoy this genre of movie even if the history gets fiddled about with(like it normally does), but I can't help feeling something is lacking still. I was always of the opinion the focus on the character of Achilles was the wrong take(with possibly the wrong actor playing him), and in terms of performance, Eric Bana as Hector was the star. None of that can be changed however, and viewing the movie as it is, it has good elements of ideas and action and provides a very enjoyable 156 minutes.
The extras in this 2-disc set are very good, so for a little extra money it's worth it. The 2nd disc has behind the scenes featurettes and an animated guide to the Greek Myths explored in the movie...for those that don't know their Greek Mythology.
In my opinion, the movie still has that epic feel to it and translates to DVD nicely, it just lacks the epic substance in the script and some of the acting...can't have everything! Still worth 4 stars!
If you just want a film that purely entertains you...a film that is just good fun to watch, a film that keeps you pretty much transfixed and gives you some element of plot, with a demonstration of a whole raft of emotions and effects, within a historical context without demanding too much in terms of accuracy, purity and award winning acting, then this is a great film.
Ok, some of the acting is a little weak and clearly some actors were cast to bring in the big dollars at the box office because of their sex appeal, rather than their passionate ability to make a character real.
Equally, some of the finishing touches to the effects do look a little rushed but if you look past that, here is a film that broadly does what it says on the tin.
The pace of the movie does chop and change quite a bit, but really only in the way you would expect (ie. the romance parts are quite drawn out sequences, whilst some of the superb action sequences happen at a frenetic pace.
In my view, a movie of this type is there to entertain and not to win awards for historical accuracy, so on that basis, this is an entirely credible film that is definitely worth seeing.
You get the whole package really with the additional scenes not just four minutes here and there and a couple at the end like some other directors cuts. The extra scenes come to about half hour, and consist of extra depth into the the love of Hector and Andromache, Paris and Helen and of course extended battle scenes which are awesome and couldn't be better.
I really think even if you didnt like the original cut you should get this because it does feel like a more rounded, polished film which goes further into making this a sort of classic and a great film.
Brad Pitt, whom I'd have cast as Alexander, but never as Achill, nevertheless does deliver glimpses of Achill. That took some acting ability, not to mention a sound classical education, with this script to work against. Orlando Bloom is not afraid to play Paris as the unwarlike dandy he was, trying to go through motions he was in no way equipped for. Hector does fine, so do Menelaos and Agamemnon. The female cast is as usual in such productions just too streamlined to be in any way convincing.