Conceived as a critique of religious fundamentalism, but relaying way too much on historical fiction to be one, the film expresses its luxurious scenography and monumental frames to woo any naive viewers. Parallel between the incomprehensibility of space and human stupidity is solid at first, but turns out slim and too sentimental.
The film had a horrible cheapness masquerading as modernism. Despite knowing little of the facts surrounding these historical circumstances the events reeked of inaccuracies. However, despite its cheesiness I found the love story beautiful and tragic and the film itself enjoyable.
Though bombastic and overcooked in emotional and thematic development, this ambitious tale of ancient Alexandria has some genuine philosophical and ethical integrity, not least due to its solid research and keen relevance to contemporary issues of gender, education and religious fanaticism. Rachel Weisz as earnest but heroic philosopher Hypatia also lends enough genuine dramatic quality to redeem the spectacle.
Fascinante retrato del mundo antiguo y la sed de conocimiento que desafiaba todos los esquemas y reglas de lo arbitrario. La lucha constante entre la religión y la ciencia. Una historia que a pesar de situarse hace siglos se siente sumamente actual. Gran producción con buenas actuaciones y una trama bastante atrayente. Hepatia nos recuerda el rol que juega la mujer aún hoy en día dentro de un mundo de hombres.