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Rated R · 176 minutes · 2004

Drama, Historical Drama, War
Oliver Stone realizes a decades-old dream with this epic biography of Alexander the Great, though all those who accused Stone of crimes against history with Nixon and JFK will be pleased to learn that history has struck back. This elephantine 2004 drama follows the young Macedonian general (Colin Farrell) as he conquers the Persian army and advances into central Asia, still smarting from the emotional wounds inflicted by his shrewish mother (Angelina Jolie) and brutal father (Val Kilmer). Alexander was above all a warrior, but despite the movie's substantial running time Stone is too occupied with psychodrama to explore Alexander's innovations in battle, and Farrell, clearly out of his depth, seems less a leader of men than a Hellenistic James Dean.

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