Copyright 2004

[ November 11th 2004 ]

Audiences have given Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell's marathon epic Alexander a critical stoning during a private screening in New York ahead of the film's November 24th nationwide debut. Directed by Oliver Stone, Alexander is based on the true story of one of history's most luminous and influential leaders, Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell), a man who had conquered 90% of the known world by the age of 25.

MSNBC collected these points of note from audience members: "This movie is a mess," writes a reviewer on the movie site "According to Stone he just finished this film on Friday and, in my opinion, it looks like he rushed it out the door. The story is incohesive, the acting is uninspired, and the whole look is incredibly pieced together. I was stunned - and I say that without snarky irony - stunned by how bad this movie was."

Overacting, bizarro camera work and frame tinting, lackluster battles... it was just a mess. The movie starts off being shot very traditionally then 2 hours into the movie Stone decides to start shooting this film like Natural Born Killers with infra-red camera shots and scenes washed in red," groused a reviewer on NBC notes that Stone has a lot riding on the epic pic - which reportedly cost a staggering $150 million to make - and a source says the director seemed uncharacteristically subdued when he was answering questions at a screening.

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