[trailer] Agora

Always curious by anything Rachel Weisz does, but I’m not sure about this one.  Visually, it’s quite striking.  Otherwise, the new movie from director Alejandro Amenábar (The Sea Inside, The Others, and Open Your Eyes), looks like a tough pill. 

Historical movies like this, are always a tough sell, especially when no one in the movie seems Egyptian.  Regardless, Weisz plays the Atheist female philosopher Hypathia trying to preserve her culture’s wisdom during a time when Christianity was on the rise in the Egyptian Empire.  Of course, there’s a love triangle too, as these movies often do.

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