The warrior Beowulf (Ray Winstone) must fight and defeat the monster Grendel (Crispin Glover), who is terrorizing Denmark, and later, Grendel's Mother (Angelina Jolie), who begins killing out of revenge.
Conquering ninety percent of the known world by the age of twenty-five, Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell) led his armies through twenty-two thousand 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 movie concentrated on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaistion (Jared Leto). Alexander died young, of illness, at the age of thirty-two. 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
Some scenes from this movie were supposed to be shot in India, but the Indian elephants weren't well trained, so they had to shoot it in Thailand instead. See more »
When speaking to his troops at the riverside in India, Alexander's sword switches from the left to his right side in one shot. 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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The director's cut is nine minutes shorter than the 175-minute theatrical version. It is a reworked version although seamless to many. Eighteen minutes were cut and nine added. Many of the added or extended sequences involved Val Kilmer and Angelina Jolie's characters. With battle of Gaugamela now starts earlier. Taking a cue from classic movie epics, the opening reels now set up the basic themes with greater economy: Alexander's Oedipal relationship with his parents, Olympias' ambitions for her son, the boy's need to surpass his father, and the entirely natural way in which myth/religion is shown as integral to the ancients' behavior. Oliver Stone reworked the third act, juxtaposing events in India and Greece. And Jolie's Olympias emerged more as a genuinely pathetic figure in the whole tragedy. Stone wanting to isolate her character's own ambition from the one person she loves. Ptolemy's final scene was edited. Stone also reworked Alexander's death scene secondary to audience feedback, adding 17 seconds to the scene. See more »
Bad actors, bad writing, bad cinematography, bad movie
Any man that could conquer such a vast portion of the world in only ten years with the technology constraints of the ancient world must have been not only a great military genius, but also a genius of a politician and an extremely charismatic figure. Once he had established his uncanny skill on the battlefield, many cities throughout the world surrendered and joined his empire without even putting up a fight. After Alexander defeated Darius III, the Persians at Babylon greeted him as a god. Despite being one of the most legendary human beings that has ever lived, Oliver Stone astoundingly decided to focus the majority of the film on something as petty as the sex life of Alexander the Great.
Oliver Stone portrays Alexander as moody, spoiled, weak, and alarmingly indecisive. If the true Alexander had acted even close to the way that Stone portrays him, there is no doubt that his advisers would have assassinated him before he had even set foot in Persia. Stone's Alexander actually screams like a girl and throws a tantrum at least twice in the movie.
As for the battle choreography, it is probably the worst of a major film in the past ten years at the very least. It may not even have been revolutionary if it had been shot in 1960. The Battle of Gaugamela, one of the greatest victories in the history of the world, that left the army of Darius, King of Kings, completely annihilated and his empire open for free reign, is depicted by Stone to be remarkably slow-paced and anti-climactic.
In short, it is inconceivable that the producers deemed this film worthy of investment, and it is a sacrilege to the great man and a stain on his memory that this travesty of a film was ever made.
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