Oliver Stone's Alexander Falls Short of Epic Status
- Tuesday, November 23, 2004
"In his presence, in the light of Apollo, we were better than ourselves," states Hopkins, in one of his many narrations. Sadly, however, this Alexander isn't nearly as good, or remotely as interesting, as the real one. A disappointment, to be sure.
- Drugs/Alcohol Content: Heavy. Characters drink wine and become drunk in several scenes.
- Language/Profanity: Average. Characters use words like "bastard," "balls" and "bitch" in crude ways and swear allegiance to pagan gods ("in the name of Zeus").
- Sexual Content/Nudity: Extreme. Two would-be rape scenes, one of which turns into a sexual encounter with full frontal & rear female nudity (including lingering shots of breasts) and partial male nudity. Man refers to "the taste of a new woman." Multiple portrayals of homosexuality where men embrace and kiss on lips, including several between main characters. In one scene, main character climbs into a bath and beckons his male slave to join him (although no overt sexuality between men is shown onscreen).
- Violence: Extreme. Most of the violence is war violence, but it is bloody and includes much hand-to-hand sword combat, stabbings and death. Multiple shots of dead bodies on battlefield; several executions by sword; an attempted rape between husband and wife; bull is slaughtered and blood spurts onto face while priests handles bloody organs.
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