Brad Pitt’s Underrated Action Fantasy Is About To Drop Off Netflix

Brad Pitt's sword and sandals epic Troy is leaving Netflix on February 1st.

By Douglas Helm | Published

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Brad Pitt in Troy

If you haven’t seen the Brad Pitt-starring historical epic Troy before, now is your last chance to check it out on Netflix. The film will be leaving the streaming platform on February 1. Troy is a massive, epic film with a top-notch cast and it’s fairly underrated thanks to less-than-favorable reviews.

Although Troy doesn’t have fantastic reviews, it hits many of the notes you would hope from a historical epic war drama. The film is loosely based on Homer’s Iliad, which recounts the Trojan War and the feud between King Agamemnon and Achilles. Brad Pitt leads the film as the great hero Achilles.

But Brad Pitt is far from the only major star in this massive film. Troy also stars Eric Bana as Hector, Orlando Bloom as Paris, Diane Kruger as Helen, Brian Cox as Agamemnon, Brendan Gleeson as Menelaus, Rose Byrne as Briseis, Peter O’Toole as Priam, and Garrett Hedlund as Patroclus. The film was directed by Wolfgang Petersen and written by David Benioff.

Despite the mixed reviews, Troy still made plenty of money at the box office. It managed to make over $497 million worldwide, with many considering Brad Pitt’s performance to be one of the best parts of the film. It was also prestigious enough to land a Best Costume Design nomination at the Academy Awards.

Although Brad Pitt’s Troy is based on the Illiad, don’t go into the film expecting a 1:1 adaptation. The main differences lie in the ultimate fate of characters like Paris, Helen, Agamemnon, Achilles, and Menelaus.┬áStill, the movie is worth watching even if you prefer the arcs of these characters in the original epic poem.

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Brad Pitt in Troy

Surprisingly, Brad Pitt admitted that he wasn’t the biggest fan of Troy years later in an interview with The New York Times. Pitt said he was ultimately disappointed with the film and had to do something for the studio after pulling out of a different film. He admitted that the film became a “commercial kind of thing.”

While Brad Pitt may not look fondly on Troy, that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t worth your time. While it may not be on par with historical epics like Gladiator, it still has great battle scenes and performances from its star-studded cast. With that being said, some people do prefer the Director’s Cut of Troy, so you could seek that out if you want to see a different version of the film.

If you’d prefer to see Brad Pitt in a period piece that takes place in the last century, you can see him in his latest film Babylon. The Damien Chazelle-directed film depicts Hollywood in the late 1920s and also stars Margot Robbie, Jean Smart, Olivia Wilde, and Diego Calva. The film is currently in theaters if you want to check it out.

You can see Brad Pitt in his 2022 film Bullet Train, which is also streaming on Netflix. Bullet Train follows a group of assassins on a Japanese bullet train who find out they have a common mission. Otherwise, make sure to check out Troy before it leaves Netflix for the foreseeable future.