Julie Taymor's grand-guignol adaptation of Shakespeare's bucket-of-blood tragedy may be an exercise in overkill, but it certainly captures the play's ultraviolent essence. It's the twilight of the Roman Empire (though Dante Ferretti's production design and Milena
Canonero's costumes also suggest Mussolini's Italy and some post-punk future) and brave general Titus Andronicus (Anthony Hopkins) returns to Rome with a crew of troublemaking POWs in tow: Tamora (Jessica Lange), queen of the Goths, her three sons (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Matthew Rhys and Raz Degan)
and her Moorish lover Aaron (Harry Lennix). Rome, meanwhile, is torn by a power struggle between the late Empe...