Picks and Pans Review: Helen of Troy
USA (Sun.-Mon., April 20-21, 8 p.m. ET)
Some viewers giggle at epics that feature guys in tunics shouting about the wrath of the gods. But you'll take this four-hour production very seriously when British actor Rufus Sewell is onscreen. Sewell brings awesome force to the role of Agamemnon, implacable leader of the Greek assault on Troy. On the softer side, Sienna Guillory (The Time Machine) is both innocent and bewitching as Helen, who leaves Agamemnon's brother Menelaus (James Callis) for the Trojan prince Paris (a bland Matthew Marsden) and sets off a 10-year war.
Okay, I snickered at a battle scene that freezes for half a minute—with arrows in midair—while Menelaus and Helen lock eyes. But this mini-series is mostly worth watching.
BOTTOM LINE: Solid spectacle
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