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Troy (2004)

Director:
Wolfgang Petersen
COUNTRY
USA/Malta/UK
GENRE
Drama/Historical/War
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Troja
RUNNING TIME
163 minutes
Producer:
Wolfgang Petersen
Diana Rathbun
Colin Wilson
Screenwriter (based on the work by Homer):
David Benioff


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Agamemnon Brian Cox
Achilles Brad Pitt
Nestor John Shrapnel
Menelaus Brendan Gleeson
Helen Diane Kruger
Hector Eric Bana
Paris Orlando Bloom
Odysseus Sean Bean
Thetis Julie Christie
Priam Peter O'Toole
Glaucus James Cosmo

 

Review

Seen as different episodic takes on Greek mythology, Troy is at times both extremely interesting and potent. There are scenes and settings in here which are overwhelmingly grandiose, and also well-directed. Unfortunately, through 163 minutes, Wolfgang Petersen isn't up to the task the historical and mythological diversity of Homer's The Iliad presents. Troy cheats and swirls and makes hollywoodized choices that are all too translucent. Most of the one-dimensional characters rely greatly on the ability of the actor in question to bring him into life and authenticity. Hector and Priam are lucky to have Eric Bana and Peter O'Toole; poor Paris has the pitiful Orlando Bloom who can't even deliver a simple line without ridiculing himself. This task is way too big for Mr. Bloom, who should stick to teenage comedy or something of the sort. At its best, Troy is relevant and with some interest even to the well-read and historically enlightened. The battle between Achilles and Hector is potent, so is Priam's plea to the former. Unfortunately, integrity wasn't on top of the filmmaker's list during this production. And the fact that Peter O'Toole hated Wolfgang Petersen's approach, doesn't bode well for the German filmmaker.

Copyright 28.8.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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