TroyI think it's safe to say that this is a movie loosely inspired by Homer's Iliad and the original stories. So if you expect this to be an exact tale as told by the ancients you will be disappointed.
It all starts out with a "teaser" and one of the most memorable scenes where we meet Achilles in a man to man fight with this giant of a man. Achilles then proves his reputation as the most fearsome warrior by killing the giant in a spectacular manner.
Then we move on to the main story. Queen Helen of Sparta runs away from her husband Menelaus with Paris, the young prince of Troy. The ruler of Sparta then seeks help from his brother Agamemnon and they set sail for Troy with the might of the Greek army, not only to get Helen back, but to conquer the Trojans whose walls have never been breached. Achilles and his Myrmidons are also fighting for the Greeks, although not for the same reasons.
From there on it's all a series of big fight scenes. One thing I was eager to see was the Trojan Horse and if the filmmakers would be able to pull it off to make it believable, which I honestly thought would be a problem. I was wrong though, in the end the reasons the Trojans pulled the wooden horse inside their walls was quite plausible in my opinion.
That doesn't prevent me from thinking that many other aspects of this movie were quite far fetched though. To me it seems that at times the only reason why things happen is so that the movie makers can have a great fight scene or bring some romance into the story and by all means, the fight scenes are great and are what makes this movie worth seeing.
As for the actors... When hearing about this movie it has been all about Brad Pitt as Achilles. In my opinion the best acting performances were delivered by other actors though, especially Eric Bana as Hector and Sean Bean as Odysseus, who both did a great job.
All in all a great watch, mainly because of the fight scenes. As long as you don't get too caught up in analyzing the story behind the fights it's well worth the time.
Reviewed by Dag