Authored by Jermel Langley
Troy presents one of the most epic battles in history between Greece's united forces and Troy’s soldiers. This movie was one of the most accurate films about the history ever depicted. One of the main focus inside of the film was a character named Achilles(Brad Pitt), he was known to be a demigod. His mother was human and his father was the god of war. Achilles was the greatest fighter of all time, but he always had a motive for protecting the people. He hated authority in every way though. While Achilles was the greatest fighter of all time, Troy shows that he was for the people instead of for himself.
As the movie begins, it’s a bright day King Agamemnon(Brian Cox) and King Priam stands with their soldiers. They walk to each other and debate about fighting that day. None of them really wanted war but King Agamemnon still wanted their land. They ended up coming up with an agreement that to will get both of there best fighter and have them fight to decide who won the war. Priam called his man up and he comes up ready for battle. Agamemnon calls up achilles and no one shows up, the soldiers sends a boy to go find him. When the boy finds him, he is laying down with two woman and doesn’t want to be bothered. Brad Pitt used this to his advantage with his acting, laying in bed with women and seeming tired made this demigod look more human than god. Also when he gets to the battlefield the king threaten to whip him, so Achilles tells him that he won’t fight . Then immediately a man comes up to him and says “look at the men's faces, you could save hundreds of them”. This showed his moral obligation for protecting people. After this he walks up to the king and says “What a day when the king fights his own battles” These show how Achilles never cared for the authority, he only did it for the people. He even told the king how he felt about that. Achilles doesn’t even claim that he has a king.
An interesting moment in the film was the assault on Troy. The music was very downing and the volume of the background was very low. All you could hear was singing and all you see is violence. People dying and people fighting. The camera is panning around sometime and skipping around at others. Then it’s on Achilles climbing up a wall, the music shifts to heroic music. As if he came to save the day, it’s not really noticeable. The director (Wolfgang Petersen) set this up so it’s seem Achilles is the savor of the people. Throughout the movie little things like this goes on. Most of them aren’t noticeable but it’s a small way to show his affect on people.
Achilles commanded his soldier not to go to battle with Troy’s men. Patroclus(Garrett Hedlund), his cousin, feels differently. He waits for Achilles to go to sleep and steals his sword and armour. Taking his army with him, they all believed that it was Achilles. Patroclus ends up getting killed by Hector (Eric Bana). The army comes back and explains what happen to his cousin. Achilles snaps and goes to fight Hector, to have an honorable fight him and Hector decided to have a one on one. Achilles didn’t want to go to war but he wasn’t going to let one of his people die and especially not his cousin.
Achilles and Hector fought like men and the best man won, Achilles. After he tied Hector to the a horse and dragged him back to his camp. He made an example out of Hector, when he people are in danger he will help to protect them and he won’t lost.
Achilles rebellion towards authority would be his social commentary . He has no care for society and conquering all the land in the world but to protect the people he would fight for them. Achilles felt as though this would be the way he was remembered. The legendary Achilles, the man with no king but fights for the people.
"Troy." IMDB. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar 2014. <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0332452/>.
Troy. 2004. Film. 14 Mar 2014.