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The story covers the last Greek philosopher in the Alexandrian library (Hypatia - played well by Rachael Weisz) as the country is in religious turmoil. The story is intelligent - ignore the Fatso blurb... Read more about the love affair, as it's barely a ripple - and there are some good (CGI) crowd scenes, birds-eye-views of the action. A thinking person's 'Gladiator' - though the pace is a little uneven.
Agora is simply incredible and thought provoking. It's worth seeing as a great historical piece and look at one of the greatest woman to ever live. We love that this foreign, intellectual and independent... Read more movie is available on DVD here. We'll be watching it again and recommending it to friends.
More of a religious/philosophical exercise than entertainment. The christians are portrayed as ratbags, the jews are portrayed as ratbags, and, of course most of the Romans except the heroine and her... Read more slave are of course portrayed as savage, yes ....ratbags. Very boring
Absolutely ridiculous shallow film - incredibly cliched and badly done. The crowd scenes reminded me of Life of Brian (but without the humour)- put a bunch of extras into biblical type robes, give... Read more them each a stone, call them variously Jews, Christians or Pagans and set them all at each other; and hey presto! you have Agora!
Tho lavish, it's so awkwardly mishandled that you feel somewhat embarrassed for it; Weisz gives an earnest performance but both the action + interpersonal are stunted + cringe-inducing. Hypatia deserves better.
An interesting account of the history but probably not very accurate. A good performance by the lead actress but the good in terms of movie making probably stops about there. We were entertained but... Read more felt like we would probably like to check out some of the history for ourselves afterwards.
This is a seriously odd film, that feels more like a History Channel effort than a major film. I thought it was an epic mess, and at times unintentionally funny.
Interesting but only mildly entertaining. The writers had to improvise much of the script, but erred on the side of dull and understated. The director seems conflicted, and I couldn't figure out what... Read more he wanted to achieve. The result is that Hypatia seems weak and timid, and not very believable in her role. Rachel Weisz is pretty and a good actress, but she doesn't carry the movie. The sets are modest and perhaps mundane - I did not feel transported back in time, and instead felt like I was watching an amateur stage play. Overall, disappointing.
I really enjoyed this movie, and the wonder of Hypatia.
This movie is based on historical fact. It is well written and acted. I would recommend it to anyone interested in ancient history around the time of the roman empire. It kept my interest over the 2 hours anyway.