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Rated NR · 127 min. · 2010

Action/Adventure, Drama
Part historical spectacle, part philosophical debate. This sprawling, puzzling English-language costumer by Chilean director Alejandro Amenábar takes us to the city of Alexandria, Egypt in the 3rd century CE, where the newly emergent Christians are rioting in the streets against the paganism of the famed Alexandria library, as well as against the scientific teachings of the astronomer Hypatia (Rachel Weisz). Despite the bloodthirstiness of the Christian mob there’s a surprising lack of dramatic tension, probably because the beautiful Hypatia takes no interest in the men (Oscar Isaac, Max Minghella) who desire her – she remains true to her studies while Christian zealots are busy slaughtering unbelievers. Think of it as a sort of long-awaited followup to D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance, with the black-shirted Christian warriors as the villains. Written by Amenábar (The Sea Inside) and Mateo Gil, and costarring Sami Samir as Cyril, the chief Christian agitator (127 min.).
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Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Writer: Alejandro Amenábar and Mateo Gil
Producer: Álvaro Augustín and Fernando Bovaira
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom, Michael Lonsdale, Rupert Evans, Richard Durden, Sami Samir, Manuel Cauchi and Homayoun Ershadi



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