A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie, which is based on The Illiad, should be about love, honor, betrayal, fate, ambition, and of course, hubris, but it is really more about fighting.
Positive Role Models
Not a lot of positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Extreme, intense, and graphic battle violence with swords, knives, spears, and fire; many characters brutally killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and situations including threesome, reference to rape, nudity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know the movie has almost-constant battle violence with graphic and brutal injuries. The weapons include knives, swords, spears, arrows, and fire. Many characters are killed. The movie also has sexual references and situations and brief nudity. A virgin priestess is made available to the soldiers for rape as part of the spoils of war, but this is unacceptable to one of the warriors. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Aside from two key scenes centering on Achilles, TROY is uneven and unsatisfying. The dialogue is as inconsistent as the accents, with modern pronouncements like "we need to talk" and "do it!" alternating with ponderous approximations of classical meter. In an attempt to make one of history's greatest epic sagas manageable on screen, the movie tells us both too much and too little about what is going on and keeps reminding us about everyone's passion for a place in history but does not show us enough about who the characters are and why their destinies are so entangled.
The Iliad is a story about love, honor, betrayal, fate, ambition, and of course, hubris -- the adventure of the best warrior there ever was or will be. This movie is the watered-down, greatest hits, Classic Comics version. It's mostly about the fighting. And Achilles doesn't rage so much as pout and glower.
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