It's a vivid way to contextualize Hypatia's astronomical musings, but it's kind of out there, too. show more
It is a pleasure to see Weisz's scenes of scientific inquiry, which capture the passion of research and discovery without artifice or pretension. That the scientist is a woman makes it all the more engaging. show more
The film's bleak conclusion becomes unbearable in context: Hypatia's death also signals the end of women in positions of intellectual prominence and the beginning of a period known -- not coincidentally -- as the Dark Ages. show more
highly questionable as to historical accuracy Did not like white printing on white background at critical points. Seemed to be too much \"Slash and burn\" as well much jumping around between scenes. Cannot imagine that the architectural and sculputural backgrounds are accurate but I do not have expertise to make definitive judment.
This movie may deal with issues of our current time, however, this is not a realistic representation of history. Christians were the minority in Egypt at the time. Agora skews history to show that Christians were persecuting science itself, when in actuality, Cyril was attacking astrology and not astronomy. Furthermore, nowhere in history does Cyril regard women as being inferior. The majority of Agora is pure fiction with bits of history scattered throughout. See http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/02/historical-inaccuracies-of-movie-agora.html All references are listed and are valid, see for yourselves.
This historical epic deals with several very important issues of our era such as religion-fueled violence, suppression of science, gender-related discrimination and cruel injustice. Its central character, a woman named Hypatia, brilliantly portrayed by Rachel Weisz, is a great philosopher, scientist, peace-maker and teacher whose enlightened quest for knowledge and justice made her a victim of the ambitious, cruel, power hungry self-proclaimed religious and political leaders who ruled with the sword of darkness over the masses of uneducated civilians. â€œAgoraâ€ is a timeless masterpiece and a must see for certain! www.slavikmilbe