Released 2004


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Wolfgang Petersen
Troy is a movie about the violence between warring nations Troy and Sparta. The movie takes place in the Bronze Age in the year 1250 B.C. and starts off with Hector (Eric Bana) and his younger brother Paris (Orlando Bloom) in Sparta trying to finally bring peace between Troy and Sparta after years of icy relations. The peace talks don't go as planned because Paris takes Helen (Diane Kruger) to Troy after he persuades her to leave her husband Menelaus (Brendan Gleeson). Menelaus erupts in anger and is determined to get back at them and all of Troy. Things especially don't look good for Troy when Menelaus gets his brother Agamemnon (Brian Cox), who has all Greek armies under his control after he took them over, to help him. Agamemnon now wants to defeat Troy so he will have control over the Aegean Sea. Things look bleak for Troy when Agamemnon sets off with 1,000 ships holding 50,000 Greeks to Troy. Things look up once Troy recruits the help of Achilles (Brad Pitt) who is a ruthless war hero. The movie shows the struggle the Trojans face trying to defeat the always victorious Spartans.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    For what it is -- a big, expensive, occasionally campy action movie full of well-known actors speaking in well-rounded accents -- Troy is not bad. It has the blocky, earnest integr...

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Despite a sensationally attractive cast and an array of well-staged combat scenes presented on a vast scale, Wolfgang Petersen's highly telescoped rendition of the Trojan War lurch...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Given everything, it's no surprise that the verdict on the film has to be a split decision. Troy is a movie you believe in physically...Believing in Troy emotionally, however, pres...

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Military & War, Historical