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"TROY"
(2004) (Brad Pitt, Eric Bana) (R)

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Imitative
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Jump
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Music
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Profanity
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QUICK TAKE:
Drama/Action: A legendary warrior becomes the pivotal factor as Greek and Trojan forces prepare to battle over a woman and control of the Aegean in ancient times.
PLOT:
It's the 12th century BC and King Agamemnon (BRIAN COX) of Mycenae and his army are in Thessaly, Greece, looking to expand their military might and empire. Rather than suffer great losses, he and an opposing King agree to let their greatest warriors battle. Agamemnon then calls upon the legendary Achilles (BRAD PITT) who easily dispatches his much larger opponent. Only looking to make a permanent name for himself for all eternity, Achilles barely has any allegiance to Agamemnon and is a constant thorn in his side.

He must call upon him again, however, when his brother Menelaus (BRENDAN GLEESON), wants revenge for Trojan Prince Paris (ORLANDO BLOOM) running off with his wife, Helen of Sparta (DIANE KRUGER). Paris' warrior brother, Hector (ERIC BANA), isn't pleased to learn of this development and once back in Troy, urges their father, King Priam (PETER O'TOOLE), to return the young woman.

Priam, however, puts too much faith in his high priests and their interpretation of how the gods will react. Accordingly, and with Agamemnon realizing that a victory over Troy would give him complete control over the Aegean, the Greeks amass the largest naval force known to man and set sail for the foreign land. With them is Achilles and his younger and inexperienced cousin, Patroclus (GARRETT HEDLUND), who've been convinced by King Odysseus (SEAN BEAN) and Achilles' own mother, Thetis (JULIE CHRISTIE), to join the quest.

With the Greek forces landing on Trojan soil and taking Hector's cousin Briseis (ROSE BYRNE) into custody, and Hector rallying his troops for battle, the stage is then set for the great Trojan War.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of anyone in the cast, epic action flicks or mythology, they just might.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT:
For graphic violence and some sexuality/nudity.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • BRAD PITT plays the legendary but self-centered Greek warrior who has little allegiance to his king, often clashes with him and only seeks to make a permanent name for himself for all eternity. He kills many people, beds various women and drinks.
  • ERIC BANA his plays military opponent, the wary but proficient prince of Troy who reluctantly goes into battle to defend his land and people. He kills many people doing so.
  • ORLANDO BLOOM plays his younger, playboy brother who starts a legendary war by bedding and then removing a King's wife from his home. He kills several people in battle.
  • BRIAN COX plays the power-hungry King who can't stand Achilles, but knows he must use him to accomplish his military goals.
  • BRENDAN GLEESON plays his angry brother, another king who wants his revenge on Paris and Helen for their affair.
  • DIANE KRUGER plays his much younger wife who beds and then runs off with Paris.
  • PETER O'TOOLE plays the king of Troy who puts too much faith in his high priests and their reading of the signs from the gods, rather than listening to his experienced son.
  • ROSE BYRNE plays Hector's feisty cousin who's seized by the Greeks and given to Achilles who beds her.
  • GARRETT HEDLUND plays Achilles' inexperienced cousin who's eager to go into battle.
  • SEAN BEAN plays a King who convinces Achilles to join the Greeks in their invasion of Troy.
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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated action/drama. Violence consists of various full-scale and often graphic battle and fight scenes where many people are wounded or killing in various ways. Some of that conflict has rather bloody and/or gory results, and some of that material may be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers.

    A couple is seen having sex with partial nudity and movement, other sex is implied, and other implied (just out of the camera shot) and partial nudity (bare butts) is present. Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, some drink, and a few colorful phrases are present. Some kids may want to imitate the fighting and stunts, while tense family material involves characters reacting to deaths in their families.

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • We see miscellaneous people drinking, with one looking intoxicated. A toast is then raised by many, including Hector, Paris and Menelaus.
  • Achilles tells Hector to go home, drink some wine and "make love to your wife."
  • Achilles drinks.
  • Agamemnon drinks from a goblet.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Achilles jabs his sword into a man's upper chest (we see the sword graphically go in with some bloody results).
  • The Greeks and Trojans engage in hand to hand combat where many men on both sides are bashed, sliced, stabbed and a spear is thrown through a person's head (other than that, most of the violence is relatively blood free). During this, Achilles kills many enemy soldiers, while we see a sword sliced down into a soldier's head and helmet (with some bloody results). We also see other men's blood on Achilles.
  • Achilles throws a spear a long distance that strikes a man in the neck, killing him with bloody results.
  • We see some blood on various dead soldiers and some temple priests.
  • We see blood on Hector's sword.
  • Briseis has a little bit of blood on her lip and later more blood on her face from cuts.
  • Menelaus punches Paris who does the same back to him, resulting in both having bloody faces, with Menelaus spitting out some blood. Menelaus then slices Paris's leg (with lots of blood) and then punches him in the face (resulting in it being bloodier).
  • An enormous battle breaks out between the Greeks and Trojans, with the latter's army firing many arrow shots at the Greeks, wounding or killing many (with some brief, bloody results). A great deal of hand to hand combat also occurs, with brutal hitting and some bloody results.
  • Following a battle, we see blood on Hector and other soldiers' faces.
  • We see many dead soldiers being carried or carted away.
  • We see Helen stitching up Paris's open and bloody leg wound.
  • Briseis has more blood on her face.
  • Hector slices a Greek soldier across the throat, mortally wounding him (with lots of blood).
  • A man who's been stabbed and then killed is quite bloody.
  • We see some bad bruises on Briseis' wrists.
  • We see some dead bodies lying on the ground.
  • More hand to hand combat occurs with many people being wounded or killed by various means, sometimes with bloody results.
  • Achilles injures two men (with bloody results).
  • A soldier runs a sword through a king, killing him (with bloody results from the latter's mouth).
  • A man grabs Briseis by the hair and then face, but she stabs him in the neck, killing him (with bloody results).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • The opposing soldiers and their kings obviously have bad attitudes toward their enemies.
  • Achilles has no respect for his king and is only interested in making an everlasting name for himself.
  • Despite being married to Helen, we see Menelaus kissing another woman.
  • Paris has an affair with Helen who runs off with him despite being married to Menelaus.
  • Hector comments on Paris going from town to town and bedding men's wives and maids.
  • Menelaus states that he wants Helen back so that he can kill her with his own hands.
  • Agamemnon states that peace is for women and the weak, and is only interested in furthering his military control over the region.
  • Achilles purposefully beheads a statue of Apollo out of spite. We also see that he killed the unarmed temple priests.
  • Briseis is brought to Agamemnon and is told it's thought she would "amuse you" (meaning sexual). He then brings her to Achilles and refers to her as the "spoils of war."
  • Some Greeks manhandle and seemingly prepare ready to rape Briseis (given to them by Agamemnon), calling her a Trojan whore and one asking who's first (with her).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" and/or "Blood/Gore" may be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers.
  • For those sensitive to such matters, various scenes show funeral pyres being lit (we see some of the bodies surrounded by flames, but never on fire).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Spears/Swords/Bows and arrows/Clubs/Knives: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound or kill many people. See "Violence" for details.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "You fool," "You lazy whores," "Give the bitch to me," "Trojan whore" and "I thought you were a dumb brute."
  • All of the fighting and stunts, etc. may be enticing for some kids to imitate.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A heavy amount of dramatic and suspenseful music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 damn.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see the sides of Achilles and a woman's bare butts as they sleep nude on the ground with her partially draped over him. As he gets up after being summoned, we see another woman there as well.
  • Menelaus makes a toast about the gods keeping women in their beds.
  • Some dancers show cleavage.
  • Despite being married to Helen, we see Menelaus kissing another woman.
  • Helen tells Paris that he shouldn't be in her room and he replies that's what she said last night and the night before. She then comments on making mistakes, but drops her dress straps and apparently stands nude in front of him (we see just the tops of her bare breasts). They then passionately kiss and it's implied that they have sex. Later, we see her lying completely nude (on her stomach -- we see her bare butt that way and when she turns on her side). Meanwhile, he apparently stands nude in front of her, but her body blocks a view of his crotch.
  • Hector comments on Paris going from town to town and bedding men's wives and maids.
  • Helen shows some cleavage.
  • Achilles tells Hector to go home, drink some wine and "make love to your wife."
  • Briseis is brought to Agamemnon and is told it's thought she would "amuse you" (meaning sexual). He then brings her to Achilles and refers to her as the "spoils of war."
  • We briefly see part of Achilles' bare butt as he washes after a bloody battle. He then stands nude in front of Briseis, but his crotch is just below the camera shot.
  • Hector and his wife engage in some brief, but passionate (and clothed) kissing.
  • Helen shows some cleavage.
  • Some Greeks manhandle and seemingly prepare ready to rape Briseis (given to them by Agamemnon), calling her a Trojan whore and one asking who's first (with her).
  • Briseis suddenly holds a knife to Achilles' throat at night. He's calm and tells her to kill him, but she can't. He then rolls her over (with the knife still to his throat) and we see the side of his bare butt. He then lifts her skirt (we see the side of her bare butt), moves on top of her and kisses her (sex is implied with some movement seen, but the camera shot is just of their torsos and up as they lie on the ground).
  • We see Achilles and Briseis in a side by side embrace on the floor. Both are topless, but we don't see her bare breasts due to the positioning of her arms.
  • Helen shows some more cleavage.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Paris has an affair with Helen who runs off with him despite being married to Menelaus. Menelaus then states that he wants Helen back so that he can kill her with his own hands.
  • Hector's wife is worried about him and his safety.
  • A king must deal with his brother being killed in battle.
  • Achilles must deal with a family member being killed.
  • Various family members must deal with seeing a loved one being killed in battle.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The mythology behind the movie and artistic license taken with the source material.
  • Agamemnon states that peace is for women and the weak.
  • Pursuit of fame.
  • Polytheism.
  • Helen says she was sent to Sparta at the age of 16 to be Menelaus' bride.
  • Odysseus' comment that war is about young men dying and old men talking.
  • Achilles states that the gods envy them because humans are mortal and thus things are more beautiful to them because they're doomed.
  • Odysseus's comment to Achilles that sometimes you have to serve to lead.
  • VIOLENCE
  • A huge warrior throws his spear at Achilles. In turn, Achilles slowly runs toward the man, leaps into the air and jabs his sword at the man. He hits him in the upper chest (we see the sword graphically go in with some bloody results) and the warrior collapses to the ground dead.
  • Menelaus grabs a woman and holds a knife to her, angrily wanting to know where Helen is.
  • Trojans fire flaming arrows at the Greeks who've just landed on their shores, hitting and injuring or killing many of them.
  • The Greeks and Trojans engage in hand to hand combat where many men on both sides are bashed, sliced, stabbed and a spear is thrown through a person's head (other than that, most of the violence is relatively blood free). During this, Achilles kills many enemy soldiers, while we see a sword sliced down into a soldier's head and helmet (with some bloody results). We also see other men's blood on Achilles.
  • Achilles throws a spear a long distance that strikes a man in the neck, killing him with bloody results.
  • Trojans slowly make their way through a temple, looking for Achilles who's casually waiting for them. Other Greeks then attack the Trojans there, wounding or killing them.
  • Paris and Menelaus battle with the former ducking or using his shield to block the latter's swinging of his sword at him. Menelaus then punches Paris who does the same back to him, resulting in both having bloody faces, with Menelaus spitting out some blood. Menelaus then slices Paris's leg (with lots of blood) and then punches him in the face (resulting in it being bloodier).
  • Hector stabs a Greek soldier and runs his sword through him, killing him.
  • An enormous battle breaks out between the Greeks and Trojans, with the latter's army firing many arrows shots at the Greeks, wounding or killing many (with some brief, bloody results). A great deal of hand to hand combat also occurs, with brutal hitting and some bloody results. During that, Hector takes on a huge man who's bashing others with his huge club. He grabs Hector and starts to squeeze him, but Hector head-butts him. The huge man then jabs Hector with the handle end of a club, but Hector stabs and impales the man. Yet, he keeps coming at Hector and grabs him by the throat. Hector then stabs him again, eventually killing him (with bloody results).
  • Some Greeks manhandle and seemingly prepare ready to rape Briseis (given to them by Agamemnon), calling her a Trojan whore and one asking who's first (with her). She smacks one, but he then backhands her and prepares to brand her with a hot iron. Achilles arrives on the scene, however, and uses that branding iron to burn the guy's neck and then slices another man.
  • Briseis suddenly holds a knife to Achilles' throat at night. He's calm and tells her to kill him, but she can't.
  • Trojans fire flaming arrows into the ground in front of the Greeks on the beach. They then roll huge balls of flammable material across the burning arrows, catching those balls on fire. Those balls then careen down the hill and smash into various things, breaking and/or catching them and some Greeks on fire.
  • More hand to hand combat breaks out between the Greeks and Trojans with a great deal of killing.
  • Hector slices a Greek soldier across the throat, mortally wounding him (with lots of blood). He then does a mercy killing by driving his sword down into the man's chest (heard but not directly seen).
  • Achilles hits his number two man in anger, presses his foot down to his throat, grabs Briseis by the throat and throws her to the ground (while mad).
  • Hector and Achilles fight in a one on one battle where each jabs and swings their sword and spear at each other, with various close calls for both. During this, Achilles elbows Hector in the face and one gets sliced on the leg (but we don't see any blood).
  • A man stabs his sword into the top of another man's chest and then drives his sword through him, killing him. He then ties the body to his chariot and drags it through the sand.
  • A man is hit with several arrows and falls dead from his horse.
  • Greeks invade Troy and stab and kill various sleeping Trojans (heard and seen).
  • More hand to hand combat occurs with many people being wounded or killed by various means, sometimes with bloody results.
  • Greeks burn and desecrate various parts of Troy.
  • Achilles injures two men (with bloody results).
  • Paris shoots arrows into various Greek soldiers during more hand to hand combat.
  • A soldier runs a sword through a king, killing him (with bloody results from the latter's mouth).
  • A man grabs Briseis by the hair and then face, but she stabs him in the neck, killing him (with bloody results).
  • Achilles kills several men with his sword.
  • Paris shoots an arrow through a soldier's ankle, and then more into his body, mortally wounding him.



  • Reviewed May 7, 2004 / Posted May 14, 2004

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