Year of Release: 2004
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Approx. Running Time: 162 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"An ACTION SPECTACLE of weight, splendor and vast entertainment value."
-Rex Reed, THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
Brad Pitt picks up a sword and brings a muscular, brooding presence to the role of Greek warrior Achilles in thhis spectacular retelling of The Iliad. Orlando Bloom and Diane Kruger play the legendary lovers who plunge the world into war, Eric Bana portrays the prince who dares to confront Achilles, and Peter O'Toole rules Troy as King Priam. Director Wolfgang Petersen recreates a long-ago world of mighty warships, clashing armies, the massive fortress city and the towering Trojan Horse. "In the tradition of Braveheart and Gladiator, Troy is epic moviemaking at its very best!" (Clay Smith, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD).
Though not nearly as engaging or memorable as Gladiator, this swords-and-sandals epic nonetheless is full of spectacular visuals and some really cool battle scenes (not to mention two incredibly sexy men, Eric Bana and Brad Pitt) and is well worth watching. Really, the only truly negative thing I can say for this film is its inclusion of Orlando Bloom - truly one of the worst actors of our time - as "Paris," the whiney, sniveling, little pussy-boy brother of Eric Bana's "Hector." Screw what the legend says, that little pansey-ass should've been killed.
Rated R (MPAA)