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Reviewed on 2004-11-29
Received[2]  out of 4 stars
GenreAdventure / Drama / War
This is the epic story of Alexander the Great played by Colin Farrell, who by his mid-20's had domain over the largest empire in the history of the world. Oliver Stone directs this big production.

Alexander is based on the true story of one of history's most famous leader, a man who conquered 90% of the known world by age 25. He led his invincible armies through 22,000 miles of conquest in just eight years, and by the time of his death had forged an empire unlike any the world had ever seen.

The film covers his life and his relationships with his mother, Olympias (Angelina Jolie), his father Philip (Val Kilmer), his lifelong friend Hephaistion (Jared Dawson), and his trusted general (Anthony Hopkins).

Early on we see the young Alexander at age 12 taming the fiery horse Bucephalus, the steed on which he would ride into many battles. He ascends the throne early at the tender age of 20, after his father is murdered, and leads the Greek army on conquests all over the known world forging into the distant land of India. The audience is treated to two huge battles, his defeat of the Persians and a battle in India with elephant mounted combatants.

The film features flashbacks and some confusing storytelling. It is best to see the history channel's account of Alexander to help understand the scope of the accomplishments. Angelino Jolie stands out as his mother and a truly interesting character in the film. Not my favorite Epic, but somewhat interesting is spite of the confusing screenplay.

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