Conquering 90% of the known world by the age of 25, Alexander the Great led his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia (today part of Greece), Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This film will concentrate on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaestion. Alexander died young, of illness, at 33. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. Written by
Alexander is commonly depicted in statues with eyes raised upwards towards the sun, and hence the many visual references of Alexander always looking towards the sun. See more »
On road marches (as opposed to marching to contact, i.e., when the enemy is in sight or there is imminent contact), the 4 to 7 metre (13 to 21 feet) sarissa would have been broken down into its two components for ease of transport. In the movie, the sarissa is always shown at full length deployment. See more »
Our world is gone now. Smashed by the wars. Now I am the keeper of his body, embalmed here in the Egyptian ways. I followed him as Pharaoh, and have now ruled 40 years. I am the victor. But what does it all mean when there is not one left to remember - the great cavalry charge at Gaugamela, or the mountains of the Hindu Kush when we crossed a 100,000-man army into India? He was a god, Cadmos. Or as close as anything I've ever seen.
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Alexander proves too smart for dumb American critics
The US reviews have been really terrible and the IMDb user rating is
lower than KING ARTHUR, so I'm wondering if Europe has got a different
cut, because the film I saw was excellent. Problems, yes, like Anthony
Hopkins and Val Kilmer hamming away and Angeline doing a very odd
accent. Farrell's not bad even though he doesn't have enough small
moments to work with to shade the role: after Clive Owen's
disgracefully bad performance in KING ARTHUR it's amazing that it's
Farrell the critics are laughing at.
You don't get involved in the characters as much as you should, but its
an amazing flick, a real movie. It feels like it's been done for real
not by a computer by someone as mad and vainglorious as Alexander
himself. Not a total success, but the 80% that hits the target is
really intelligent and ambitious and is worth more than a lot of
pictures that work better, if you know what I mean.
I think the reason Hollywood is so dumbed down now is when someone
tries to do something different on a big scale like Alexander, HEAVEN'S
GATE, REDS, ONCE UPON A TIME IN America, THE RIGHT STUFF or films like
that is that the American critics who are always complaining about dumb
audiences and filmmakers can't get them and tear them a new *beep*hole
killing them off at the box-office. Certainly seems to be the case with
Alexander. Not the most successful flick I've seen this year but easily
one of the best.
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