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Brad Pitt picks up a sword and brings a muscular, brooding presence to the role of Greek warrior Achilles in this 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 bireme warships, clashing armies, the massive fortress city and the towering Trojan Horse.
- Three featurettes: "In The Thick of the Battle" (battle sequences), "From Ruins to Reality" (historical perspective), "Troy: An Effects Odyssey"
- Gallery of the Gods (3-D tour of Mount Olympus and Gods of Ancient Greece)
- Easter eggs
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ACTING: What plagues Troy from making it a fully enjoyable experience is the acting. The male roles were played out perfectly in my opinion, but the female roles were a joke. The problem lies in that there are no credible actresses in the film. I guess they spent all their money filling in the male roles and were left broke for the female roles. Helen is played by some German model for god's sake. Many people may complain about the dialogue but in fact the dialogue, even though cheesy, really is almost like reading from one of Homer's poems or a Shakespearean play. As a matter of fact the movie (aside from the battles) was structured very much like a play from the acting down to the position of where the characters were standing. Orlando Bloom is also a thorn in the bed. His acting I wasn't fond of at all. He seemed out of place next to macho men such as Eric Bana, Brad Pitt, Brian Cox, and Brenden Gleeson. In the end Troy shoots itself in the foot by running out of funds for its actresses.
BOTTOM LINE: When Oscar time rolls around next year don't expect to see any acting nods or directing nods. However, do look out for some nods in the field of art direction, costume design, and possibly cinematography. The movie while bogged down by some bad acting that contributes to the lack of "umph" is in the end a very entertaining look at the story of Troy. A very appropriate summer film that won't bore. One last comment, once the movie ended this horrible sappy song came on with the credits. It had lyrics and music you'd hear from a Disney movie, it was almost bad enough to make me give the film three stars, but I tried to ignore it while walking out of the theater.
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