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One of history’s most luminous and influential leaders, Alexander the Great – a man who had conquered 90% of the known world by the age of 27. Alexander led his virtually invincible Greek and Macedonian armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years, and by the time of his death at the age of 32 had forged an empire unlike any the world had ever seen.
PROFANITY: A few miscellaneous profanities. SEX/NUDITY: A rough, graphic heterosexual sex scene with nudity; strong gay themes and implied gay encounters. VIOLENCE: Bloody battle violence. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol drinking. ACTION: A couple of large battle sequences. COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average To sum up Alexander in three words, I would choose the following: three-hour miscalculation. Although some aspects of Oliver Stone's sword-and-sandals epic are worthy of mention (and even praise), they are dwarfed by the missteps and examples of bad judgment. Instead of delivering a mainstream tale of battle and glory along the lines of Gladiator, Stone decided to re-imagine the great Alexander as a Hamlet-like figure.
Roger EbertFull Review Average 'Alexander' is not a success, but it is ambitious and risky, and incapable of the inanities of "Troy." Fascinated by his subject, he has things he urgently wants to say about Alexander, but his urgency outraces his narrative; he gives us provocative notes and sketches but not a final draft. The film doesn't feel at ease with itself. It says too much, and yet leaves too much unsaid.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 130 moviegoer opinions. OUCH! Not the greatest opinions. Very mixed. Lots of moviegoers didn't enjoy it and gave lots of negative comments, which is very unusual and certainly not good. The biggest complaints were "Too much homosexuality" and "Slow" "Boring."
On the positive side, some did enjoy it and there were quite a few positive comments. Unfortunately, you'll notice that the "Very Good" opinions make up the majority of the positive opinions. This indicates an above average movie at best.
My recommendation? At least see it at a matinee so you get the full effect of the big screen. You just may be one of the lucky ones that enjoy it very much.
Alexander was many things to many people – a dashing warrior king, filled with ambition, courage and the arrogance of youth, leading his vastly outnumbered forces against the massive Persian armies…a son desperately longing for the approval of his stern, battle-scarred father, torn and conflicted by his mother's legacy…a relentless conqueror who never lost a battle and drove his soldiers to the very edges of the known world…a visionary whose dreams, deeds and destiny echo through eternity, helping to shape the world as we know it today. He was all that and more. He was Alexander the Great.
Oliver Stone's Alexander is based on the true story of one of history's most luminous and influential leaders (COLIN FARRELL) – a man who had conquered 90% of the known world by the age of 25. Alexander led his virtually invincible Greek, Macedonian, and later Eastern armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years, and by the time of his death at the age of 32, had forged an empire unlike any the world had ever seen.
Set in Alexander's pre-Christian world of social customs and morals far different from today's, the film explores a time of unmatched beauty and unbelievable brutality, of soaring ideals and staggering betrayals. The film takes a bold, honest look at Alexander's life and his relationships with his mother, Olympias (ANGELINA JOLIE), his father Philip (VAL KILMER), his lifelong friend and battle commander Hephaistion (JARED LETO), Roxane, his ambitious and beautiful wife (ROSARIO DAWSON), and his trusted general and confidant Ptolemy (ANTHONY HOPKINS).
His extraordinary journey begins when Alexander launches his invasion from Macedonia, first leading his armies to wrest Western Asia from Persian control, then driving his enormously outnumbered troops to an impossible victory over the mighty Persian army itself. Alexander expands his empire into the unknown lands of modern day Central Asia before venturing across the Hindu Kush, further than any Westerner had ever gone, continuing his conquests into the exotic world of India. Incredibly, and possibly unique in the annals of military history, Alexander was never defeated in battle. He relentlessly pushes his army across the sands, mountains and jungles of strange and mysterious lands, conquering every enemy who dares oppose him and weathering near-mutiny by his own men.