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      The Trojan Horse

      2008 3 hr. 12 min. Mystery & Thriller Drama List
      Reviews 60% 50+ Ratings Audience Score The former Canadian prime minister (Paul Gross) takes revenge against his enemies. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member This two part movie has enough action, drama, and thrill if you're interested in a geo-political story. This medium budget CBC production is a sequel to H2O, a political thriller regarding water rights and trade deals between Canada and the USA. In a nutshell, Canada votes to join the US after a series of trade deals and water shortages binds the two nations together in unexpected ways. It is alluded that Canada enters a period of serious and prolonged economic decline, but its natural resource of pure clean freshwater is badly needed by the US southwest, which is drying up and dying. While the storyline can be far-fetched, it isn't implausible, and the storyline revolves around an ensemble cast in where a former Prime Minister runs as an independent to become US President. The secret is that he wishes to bring the US to its knees for basically strong-arming Canadians into voting to join the US. For anyone who enjoys political thrillers it is a must see. Trojan Horse addresses all kinds of issues: vote/electoral fraud, the unintended consequences with trade deals, the perceptions that voters get by only seeing one side of a political movement, the ability of a completely advance and democratic country ceding its rights for no good reason. There's everything: murder, corruption, secret state activities, big media collusion. Bottom line? It was a well written script with a lot of topics that will remain important for decades into the future. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member well crafted political intrigue drama Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member I have both H2O and The Trojan Horse on DVD and have watched both a few times. The movies are excellenet in that they make you think about various issues as well as being entertaining. You can watch and enjoy The Trojan Horse without having seen H2O. I'm glad to see that the late William Hutt is listed in the credits He was one of Canada's finest actors and I saw him several times in Stratford. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review walter m In "The Trojan Horse," it has been two years since Canada has been folded into the United States. President Standford(Tom Skerritt), with the help of his chief adviser Rafe Kott(Saul Rubinek), is looking for a pretense to intervene militarily in Saudi Arabia before Chinese interests can prevail and they have been handed one on a silver platter in the person of an ambassador being kidnapped in country. But former Canadian Prime Minster Tom McLaughlin(Paul Gross, who also cowrote) negotiates his release, putting him on every news program in America. This is only the first part of his fiendishly cunning plan to be elected President, along with his own assassination. Meanwhile, journalist Helen Madigan(Greta Scacchi), with the help of John Neelon(Clark Johnson), is looking for the truth behind a mass murder in London. "The Trojan Horse" is an intelligent and timely political thriller that juggles skullduggery on four different continents(sorry Australia and South America) with a distinctly Shakespearean flavor. As the ends never justify the means, the tragedy comes from its exploration of what it truly takes to get elected, as McLaughlin makes deals with international rogue elements to get their backing. And while it would have been so easy to have him be pure, it is much more satisfying to have McLaughlin be deeply flawed, as the movie turns Paul Gross' natural charisma against the character. By comparison, the storyline concerning Helen Madigan is deeply contrived, starting with her first involvement in the investigation.(I'm nauseated to think that a possible theme is lost children.) That is not to mention that John Neelon is okay with orchestrating mass murder but blanches at the killing of a journalist(Admittedly, an attractive one). And that's not the end of it, either. Note: "The Trojan Horse" is a sequel to "H2O" which is apparently not available on DVD and I have not seen. The events of that movie are recapped at the beginning of "The Trojan Horse." Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a generous rating.It was exciting but confusing. Hard to follow... great storyline though and it gives you something to think about. Paul Gross is very good in this but the ending was Not Good.I wanted to see the results, rather than see it stop before it happens - that was just a big let down. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Paul gorss at his best he was so devilishley evil in this role Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating
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      Synopsis The former Canadian prime minister (Paul Gross) takes revenge against his enemies.
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Drama
      Original Language
      English