The Roman’s are in Egypt and Christianity is rolling in with them at the end of the 4th century. Davus is a young slave in love with the beautiful Hypatia, a Greek scholar and mathematician. The only problem, she is an atheist as well as his philosophy professor. Torn, Davus must make a choice between Christianity and his love for Hypatia.
Rachel Weisz (Hypatia), Max Minghella (Davus), Oscar Isaac (Orestes), Ashraf Barhom (Ammonius), Michael Lonsdale (Theon), Rupert Evans (Synesius), Homayoun Ershadi (Aspasius), Sami Samir (Cyril), Richard Durden (Olympius).
Agora begins by giving us an idea of what life was like in Roman Egypt before leading us into the lives of the main characters. It isn’t long before Christianity shows up along with a lack of tolerance for anyone who doesn’t believe the same. Along the way we are treated to the inhumanities of man and an interesting perspective on the history of Christianity. The film continues to build, culminating to an emotional ending not soon to be forgotten.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done and the film truly felt like it was filmed in ancient Egypt. CGI effects added nicely to the depth of the film while physical effect work gave the film a strong emotional impact. Dialogue was good and seemed to fit well. Sound and soundtrack were nicely done throughout.
Overall Agora is a nicely done period drama with a solid feel and very good emotional delivery. Fans of epics, biographical dramas, and period pieces will enjoy this the most.
With some graphic violence, blood, nudity, and sexuality this should be fine for older teens and above.
Agora is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
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