Film Review of Helen of Troy

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I. Setting
I.A. Time of Action:

About 3,200 years ago in recorded history's infancy, when humankind's imagination peopled the known world with great heroes and villains and nature reflected the mood of the gods and goddesses.

I.B. Place of Action:

Troy (Asia Minor), also Ilium (ancient Ilion), famous city of Greek legend, on the northwestern corner of Asia Minor, in present-day Turkey. Anatolia is west of Greece (across the Aegean Sea) and north of Egypt (across the Mediterranean Sea).

II. Characters and Description of Characters

Sienna Guillory as Helen- The most beautiful woman in Greece, daughter of the god Zeus and of Leda. She was abducted in childhood by the hero Theseus, who hoped in time to marry her, but she was rescued by her brothers, Castor and Polydeuces (also known as Pollux). Because Helen was courted by so many prominent heroes, her stepfather Tyndareus made all of them swear to abide by Helen's choice of a husband, and to defend that husband's rights should anyone attempt to take Helen away by force.

Matthew Marsden as Paris- Trojan who took Helen from Menelaus. Rufus Sewell as Agamemnon- The leader of the Achaean expedition to Troy, he was the King of Mycenae.  On his return from Troy he was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra, and her lover Aegisthus. The lover was the son of Thyestes, the brother and enemy of Atreus, Agamemnon’s father.  When Odysseus voyages to Hades he meets with Agamemnon’s ghost.

Stellan Skarsgård as Theseus- The person who abducted Helen and hoped in time to marry her, but was then killed by Polydeuces (also known as Pollux).

John Rhys-Davies as King Priam of Troy- King of Troy, husband of Queen Hecuba, father of Prince Hector, Cassandra, and Prince Alexandros.

Maryam d'Abo as Queen Hecuba- Wife of Priam, king of Troy, to whom she bore Hector, Paris, Cassandra, and 16 other children. Following the fall of Troy and the death of Priam, the aging Hecuba was taken prisoner by the Greeks.

Emilia Fox as Cassandra- Daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. The god Apollo, who loved Cassandra, granted her the gift of prophecy, but when she refused to return his love, Apollo made the gift useless by decreeing that no one would believe her predictions. Cassandra warned the Trojans of many dangers, including the wooden horse by which the Greeks entered the city, but she was dismissed as a madwoman. James Callis as King Menelaus- King of Sparta and husband of Helen, it is Menelaus’ brother Agamemnon that organizes the expedition to Troy. He engages in single combat with Paris with a view to settling the dispute between the Greeks and Trojans. He won the battle, but was prevented from killing his rival by the intervention of Aphrodite. She owed Paris a debt because he judged her more beautiful than Hera and Athena. His reward was to receive the love of Helen who was the most beautiful woman on earth.  Menelaus has a similar experience to Odysseus on his return from Troy, as he too experiences a series of misadventures on the return voyage. When Menelaus died, he went to live in the Elysian fields with his immortal Helen. Nigel Whitmey as Odysseus- King of Ithaca and brilliant strategist. He is unsurpassed in cunning. Achilles- Temperamental Greek soldier who is the greatest warrior in history. No man can stand against him. He is the son of Peleus and a sea nymph named Thetis. war on Troy.

Aias the Great (Roman name, Ajax the Great)- Mighty warrior who fought in the Trojan War. He was the son of Telamon, king of Salamís, and led the Salaminian forces to Troy. An enormous man, slow in speech but unshakable in battle, Ajax was called “bulwark of the Achaeans” by Homer. Angered because he was not awarded the armor of the dead Achilles, Ajax resolved to kill the Greek leaders Agamemnon and Menelaus. To prevent this, the goddess Athena struck him with madness. In his delirium, Ajax committed suicide by falling on his sword. Patroclus- Greek warrior and...
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