Alejandro Amenabar's historical drama "Agora" might not be as epic in scale as others in the same vein, but it's got no lack of stuff going on.

Alejandro Amenabar's historical drama "Agora" might not be as epic in scale as others in the same vein, but it's got no lack of stuff going on.

Set in Egypt in the fourth century A.D., it follows Hypatia (Rachel Weisz), a female philosopher fascinated with the mysteries of astronomy.

The story revolves around the rise of Christianity and resulting religious clashes in the waning days of the Roman Empire. Also, there's a love story in there.

Amenabar's allegories to modern society are many, as he touches on gender inequality, the divisions that come with religion, and the clash of faith and science.

It's an interesting film and one that could spark a nice post-movie debate, but it plods and preaches, moving in too many directions to make it truly enjoyable.