Seen at the Movies: Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy is a throwback to the sword-and-sandal genre of yesteryear, which has its pluses and minuses. The physical production granted to this loose reworking of the events described in Homer’s The Iliad is immense and impressive (to the tune of about $200 million). While the gods play a minor, offstage role in Petersen and screenwriter David Benioff’s version of the fabled Greek-Trojan War of 1,200 B.C., the scale of the sets, the battles, and the armies ...

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