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TROY

Saturday, August 20, 2011
By Verus Ferreira

TROY
Double Disc — Rs 599/-
Cast: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Brian Cox, Brendan Gleeson, Peter O’Toole
DIRECTOR: Wolfgang Petersen

If you love the bow and arrow and sword fighting stories, here is another classic Greek legend based on Homer’s ‘The Iliad’.

TROY (Disc One) begins with noble Prince Hector of Troy (Eric Bana) and his kid brother Prince Paris (Orlando Bloom) sealing a peace treaty with King Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson) of Sparta. While they sail back to Troy, Paris reveals to Hector that he has kidnapped King Menelaus’s wife, Helen (Diane Kruger) the queen of Sparta. Hector doesn’t turn around to send Helen back, instead he heads home knowing well that trouble will follow.

King Menelaus is infuriated when he finds out that his wife has set sail with the Trojans. He asks his brother Agamemnon (Brian Cox) to invade Troy and get her back. Agamemnon doesn’t let go of this opportunity for power and fame. He gets his army and sets off with 1,000 ships carrying 50,000 Greeks to Troy. They also recruit Odysseus (Sean Bean) and Achilles (Brad Pitt), the best warrior in Greece, whose bravery and remarkable swordsmanship is well known by everyone. But Achilles initially disagrees to fight for Sparta, but combs down knowing very well that this fight would bring him name and fame, to fight the never before defeated Trojans. But the invasion of Troy is not easy, as they find out.

On their arrival in Troy, a major battle on the beach gets Briseis (Rose Byrne) Hector’s cousin a prisoner of Achilles. But the army has not yet entered Troy. The battles on the beach continue. You have Paris who fights a battle with lovestruck husband Menelaus, the well-toned macho Achilles who settles a score for the death of his cousin Patroclus with Hector, all this and more, not forgetting their father, the frail King Priam (Peter O’Toole) who cannot bear to see his kingdom doomed.

The finale is the highlight, with the action - adventure comparable to blockbusters like ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Spartacus’. Disc Two promises loads of bonus material.

— Verus Ferreira

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