(based on the work by Homer):
different episodic takes on Greek mythology, Troy is at times
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. The film 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 to
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.