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August 27, 2014

Movie Review: Troy (The Director’s Cut)

Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen 

BLURB: 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.

REVIEW: Troy is the epic historical drama based on the famous Iliad by Homer that recounts the events of the Trojan War. It all starts with the love affair that happens between Paris (Orlando Bloom) a prince of Troy and Helen (Diane Kruger) who is married to King Menelaus of Sparta, while he and his brother Hector are in Sparta to negotiate a peace treaty. Not exactly the best way to look for peace is it? LOL Anyway Paris is young and naive and if you asked me downright stupid! But he decides that he is completely in love with Helen and he even takes it so far as to hide her away secretly on their ship when they depart back home for Troy unbeknownst to everyone including his brother Hector. When Hector finds out he is furious and tells he men to turn the ship back around to Sparta that they are taking her back, as he knows that it will only cause more strife if not out right war with Sparta. Paris professes that he can't live without Helen, and that if she must go back that he will go with her - even if it is risking his own life to do so. Hector is torn but he loves his little brother and reluctantly gives in and they proceed to Troy.

When Menelaus finds out of his wife's treachery and of her flight to Troy with young Paris he is livid and goes immediately to seek the help and counsel of his powerful brother Agamemnon (played by Brian Cox - who by the way it seems can never play anyone accept an absolute cold-hearted jerk in every movie that he is in sheesh). This is just the kind of situation that Agamemnon has been waiting for as it gives him an excuse to attack Troy which he has been wanting to defeat and add to his growing empire for a long time. But he isn't doing it for his brother he is only interested in more power and prestige for himself and he is more than willing to do whatever it takes to get it.

And so the legendary tale of the face that launched a thousand ships (Helen's - which although she is all right looking I am sorry no one is that beautiful to warrent all that fuss...especially not her LOL) begins the war that will see the legendary clashes of warriors who's names still ring out through the ages like Achillies, Odysseus, and Hector.

I won't go into all the details you will have to watch the movie to see all the epic battles and Brad Pitt and Eric Bana looking cut and sexier than they ever have and I'm sure ever will in this one!

I will however mention that the love story between Achillies (Brad Pitt) and Briseis (Rose Byrne) is beautiful and haunting at the same time. LOVED these two characters together! Their part alone is well worth watching the movie for by itself. 

Now the film is now available in both the theatrical version and an Unrated Director's Edition. I have seen both and I own the Director's version. What's the difference between the two? Well you get 34 more minutes of the film that was never seen before that includes more battle sequences, the main characters are more flushed out in several places, and there is more footage at the ending that to me lent the story a much better and more hopeful ending than the theatrical version showed.

So it is more than worth it to spring for the Director's cut over the regular version for this one. Not to mention you also get several behind the scenes special features that weren't available before with the previous releases of the film.

The rating depends on the version you buy. You can get this one in either the theatrical version which is rated R or the Director's Cut that is Unrated

Graphic violence and some sexuality/nudity 


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