In the Dark

And Agamemnon Dead

Produced by Warner Brothers and Plan B Films
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Screenplay by David Benioff
Distributed by Warner Bros

Control Room
Produced by Andrew Rossi, Hani Salama, and Rosadel Varela
Directed by Jehane Noujaim
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures

“Inspired by the Iliad.”  These helpful words appear on-screen just before the final credits roll on director Wolfgang Petersen’s brazenly silly Troy.  I was thankful for the heads up.  Without it, I might have mistaken the nearly three-hour saga I had just endured for a splendidly impartial retelling of The Charge of the Light Brigade, or, more au courant, a forecast of The Iraqiad, the wretchedly sad epic in the early stages of its chronicling as I write.

OK, I’m kidding.  All those names I had been hearing throughout the film—Agamemnon, Menelaus, Odysseus, Gus, and such—were perfectly Greek to me, so I knew that Petersen and his screenwriter David Benioff had Homer in mind, if not at heart.  Besides, the film begins with another on-screen nudge.  Against an Aegean seascape, a legend informs us that it is “3200 Years Ago,” while an unseen narrator intones that this is an age in which “men are haunted by the vastness of eternity.”


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