Brad Pitt picks up a sword and brings a muscular, brooding presence 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 mighty warships, clashing armies, the massive fortress city and the towering trojan horse. "If love is worth fighting for, it has known no greater battle than this." It's known no greater action-epic movie either.
Troy Revisited: An Introduction by Wolfgang Petersen [in High Definition] Troy in Focus: The Talent and Resources an Epic Movie Requires In the Thick of Battle: The Film's Thrilling Action Sequences From Ruins to Reality: The History Behind the Production Design Troy: An Effects Odyssey: The Secrets Behind the Miraculous Special Effects Attacking Troy: Gearing Up for an On-Screen Siege
A stellar cast with dazzling sets and costumes. The battle sequences are stunning and there are particularly good performances from Peter O'Toole as the King and Eric Bana as his heroic son. I thought Brad Pitt carried off the role of Achilles well but many I have spoken to thought he was wooden. Not as good as Gladiator, but in a similar vein.
The best bits of this film are superb - the sight of the Greek ships in the Aegean, the amazing battle scenes, the attempts to recreate ancient Troy. The cast is very strong but inevitably the dialogue is limited and you feel many of the actors’ talents are a bit wasted. Brad Pitt and Peter O’Toole stand out. Well worth a watch but be ready to skip a few scenes.