Troy

"Good"

Troy Review


"War is young men dying and old men talking," bellows one Greek leader following a mighty clash in Troy. He might as well be talking about the movie itself. Director Wolfgang Petersen heaps handfuls of clashing titans together with dry speeches on historic nobility. He ends up with a handsome yet long-winded restaging of the war waged between Greece and the warriors of Troy over the hand of lovely Helen (Diane Kruger, a nondescript mixture of Leelee Sobieski and Natalie Portman).

Troy leaves the talking to its triumvirate of Hollywood royalty - Brian Cox, Brendan Gleeson, and Peter O'Toole. The dying is left up to the chiseled and marketable studs - Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, and Brad Pitt. Whenever a member of the veteran trio interacts with a member of the other on screen, it creates a mismatch of talent not even a Trojan Horse could overcome.

Petersen (The Perfect Storm) is no stranger to heroic struggles. His movie looks fantastic, and the director nudges decent performances from his male leads (the women in the cast either are reduced to cheerleader status or completely forgotten, Helen included). Boatloads of CGI extras comprise the director's armies, and he concocts original, battle-inspired money shots - most notably some great balls of fire and the aforementioned Trojan Horse.

For all the pomp surrounding Petersen's massive battles, though, it's the emotional build-up and execution of Troy's one-on-one combat sequences that really raise the hair on our arms. Bana is most successful at bringing a human element to his physical character. His Hector is a reluctant warrior practicing what he preaches when it comes to the honor and courage these men can't stop discussing.

Those unfamiliar with the specifics of Homer's epic The Iliad will find fewer plot gaps in David Benioff's condensed script. It's a daunting task, compressing Homer's poem into one film. What Benioff ends up with is a movie that's both too short and too long. There's not enough time to include the Greek and Roman gods featured so prominently in The Iliad, but Troy has no problem mounting countless speeches about the legend of glorious Achilles (Pitt). Troy wastes so much breath promoting Achilles' strengths that the movie begins to sound like Don King hyping Tyson the week before a pay-per-view event.

In place of gods and goddesses, Troy plugs in the Hollywood equivalent - a golden-haired and Gold's Gym-defined Pitt. Looking very much like the lost Hanson brother, Troy's leading man may be the film's weakest link. Labeled the greatest warrior of his age, Achilles shoulders an arrogance that borders on indifference. In a feeble attempt to create a traditional anti-hero, Pitt casually disrespects authority and wears his "death wish" mentality like a badge of honor. As Troy grows in stature and intrigue, Achilles gradually withdraws. The warrior couldn't look more disinterested, and as a result, the audience eventually begins to feel the same way.

DVD extras include a second disc of goodies, primarily three extensive making-of documentaries and an animated guide to Greek mythology (helpful if you've forgotten your Bulfinch's).

MTV's spring break, 2004.



Troy

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 163 mins

In Theaters: Friday 14th May 2004

Box Office USA: $133.1M

Box Office Worldwide: $497.4M

Budget: $175M

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures

Production compaines: Warner Bros., Radiant Productions, Helena Productions, Latina Pictures, Plan B Entertainment, Nimar Studios

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Fresh: 120 Rotten: 102

IMDB: 7.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as Achilles, as Paris, as Hector, as King Agamemnon, as Odysseus, as Menelaos, as Helena, as Priam, as Briseis, as Andromache, as Patroclos, as Eudorus, as Thetis, as Nestor, as Ajax

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Tom of Finland Movie Review

Finnish artist Tuoko Laaksonen used the name "Tom of Finland" as he drew explicit illustrations...

A Ghost Story Movie Review

A Ghost Story Movie Review

Filmmaker David Lowery reunites the stars from his offbeat Western Ain't Them Bodies Saints for...

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

Atomic Blonde Movie Review

From the co-director of John Wick, this similarly styled action romp puts Charlize Theron front...

Girls Trip Movie Review

Girls Trip Movie Review

This movie's premise basically sounds like The Hangover with added black girl power. But it's...

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Movie Review

There's so much manic energy in this animated action comedy that it can't help but...

The Big Sick Movie Review

The Big Sick Movie Review

It may be rather long for a romantic comedy, but this film has such a...

The Emoji Movie Movie Review

The Emoji Movie Movie Review

There's no reason why this animated comedy adventure needed to be this pointless. Solidly entertaining...

Advertisement
England Is Mine Movie Review

England Is Mine Movie Review

While this is billed as a film about The Smiths' singer-songwriter Morrissey, it's actually an...

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Movie Review

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Movie Review

It's been 20 years since French filmmaker Luc Besson shook up the sci-fi genre with...

Dunkirk Movie Review

Dunkirk Movie Review

Britain's epic 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk has been dramatised on film before, but no one...

Killing Ground Movie Review

Killing Ground Movie Review

From Australia, this dark and edgy thriller is skilfully made by writer-director Damien Power to...

City of Ghosts Movie Review

City of Ghosts Movie Review

This award-winning documentary plays like a thriller as it traces the work of a group...

Cars 3 Movie Review

Cars 3 Movie Review

It's been six years since the last Cars movie (there were two Planes movies in...

The Beguiled Movie Review

The Beguiled Movie Review

In her inimitable loose style, Sofia Coppola remakes the 1971 Clint Eastwood movie from a...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.