Posted by Mark Bridge On November - 15 - 2011 2 Comments

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

When the trailer for Immortals boasts, ‘From the Producers of 300′ and the visuals look and feel the same, one might think they will get the same experience of that blockbuster as well.  That’s’ not the case here which is both a good and a bad thing.  Immortals is a film that survives only on two, maybe three, factors only.  Were these not outstanding factors this movie would crash and burn faster that you can yell THIS… IS… SPARTA!!!!  Where 300 felt like a comic book brought to life, this felt  a bit more artistic in design.

Immortals tell the story of Theseus (Henry Cavill), a peasant who is trained in combat by Zeus (Luke Evans) in the guise of an old man (John Hurt).  His village is attacked by King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his army, which ends in the slaying of Thesues’ mother and his subsequent enslavement.  Hyperion is on a quest for an ancient bow that would release the Titans so that they may continue their battle with the gods.  The other gods include,  Isabel Lucas as Athena, Kellan Lutz as Poseidon, Daniel Sharman as Ares and Steve Byers as Heracles.  Zeus informs them that they are forbidden to intervene in the affairs of men or the penalty is death.  Other players are Phaedra (Freida Pinto), a virgin oracle that foresees a grand future for Thesues, and Stavros (Stephen Dorff), a thief who joins Thesues on his quest.

The film had a solid first half with a well paced story.  It featured great scenes with Mickey Rourke delivering wonderful speeches before ordering the torcher of some poor schmuck who stands in the way of his goal.  The second half is where film almost falls apart. It begins  to go down hill when Freida Pinto’s character, the Oracle, sleeps with Thesues out of nowhere.  During the scene, I waited to hear either of them acknowledge that they just met and they are already knockin’ boots.  The sex scene felt forced, almost as if she’s sleeping with him only because he is the main character of the film.  The film struggled to get to the third act.  I wouldn’t be surprise if there is an extended cut of the film waiting to be released on bluray.  As for Pinto, her character slowly disappeared into the background after the first half of the film.

Now it’s time to discuss the factors that make this film worth seeing in theaters.  Director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) delivers visuals that looks like ancient paintings come to life.  The action in this movie is top notch and you could see everything that was going on.  If you are a fan of action films, this one is definitely for you.  The scenes with the gods vs the titans alone is worth the admission.  As I mentioned earlier about Mickey Rourke, his performance stands above the rest.  I think Henry Cavill flexed some superstar muscles which is a relief considering he is the new Superman in the upcoming Man of Steel film.  Stephen Dorff delivers a performance comparable to his Deacon Frost character from Blade.  The actors who played the gods were sufficient and had their big moment at the end of the film.

I say if you are a  fan of action and want to see a great villain, then go see this film.   If you are looking for story, then this one may seriously disappoint you.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

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  • http://www.dtmmr.wordpress.com/ Dan O.

    It’s probably one of the best-looking films of the whole year (yet, I still haven’t seen Tree of Life) and the action is awesome and in-you-face which is something I always like. The story dragged on a bit and I couldn’t help but think that if the writing was a tweaked a little better, this would have definitely been a very solid film. Instead it was just fun and pretty to look at. Good review.

    • Mark Bridge

      The action and visuals are definitely why I recommend this film. I even read some where that the director Tarsem said his focus is usually on visuals and less on story. So I guess we can expect what his film are gonna offer from now on. Great visuals and action not much on story. Also I didn’t get a chance to say that the 3D was also amazing and well utilized in the film.