Archived Review

      Perhaps Warner Brothers thought they could capture some of the audience of Gladiator, with this 200 million dollar film that loosely follows Homer's epic, but in the end what we get is a very nice looking film which does not quite do justice to such a famous Western work as The Illiad.

      The film begins with the Greeks, as they are banded together under Agamemnon's quest for power and land. Orlando Jones plays the role of Paris, the young and foolish prince who steals Helen from her husband (who is also Agamemnon's brother). Paris's brother Hector (played by Eric Bana) realizes this will spell doom for Troy as surely the Greeks will use this as an excuse for war. For the Greeks, the thousand ships are sailed and the opportunity for conquest is the only thing that Agamemnon can think about. However he needs Greece's most powerful soldier, Achillies to join him and so some Odysseis convinces Achillies (Brad Pitt) that this war will be remembered for all ages and his name will gain glory and fame for generations to come.

      In this film, the Greek Gods do not appear, and it is man who makes his destiny and not invisible Gods. However The Illiad and other works when combined portray a very intricate history and irony which the film abondons in order to show a more mortal Achillies and give more time to the politics of Greece. Achillies is a soldier, the greatest of all, and he is both the tool and the enemy of Agamemnon's rule of men. Troy stands for the civility of society, it is after all pretty obvious that the rule of law and justice is in the end on the side of Troy and its victims and not the Greeks. It is from the ruins of Troy that Rome will rise and forever change the world.

      The best performance in the film goes to Eric Bana's Hector. He is the perfect image of both strength and emotional sensitivity, while all the other men are deficient and lacking in character. Achillies slaying of Hector is made all the more dramtic cause it is the better man that dies.

      Visual wise, Troy seems to look as good as any elaborate hollywood film, but the actual buildings and backgrounds do at times look computer generated and while the epic battle between Hector and Achillies seemed real enough, the fact that none of the Greeks were there to witness it seems to be unbelievable, and not accurate to Homer's actual story. And in so, the film is somewhat disappointing when you consider the Tojan War lasted years, and this film makes it last less than a month.

      And so I would say Troy is not a bad film, but it is not entirely a good one either. It lacks the great musical score of Gladiator, and the story seems rushed and incomplete (mostly because it is actually incomplete), and so any fan of Homer will find the film lacking.