Director: Tarsem Singh
Starring: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Stephen Dorff, etc.
Release Date: 11/16/11 (theatres) / 03/06/12 (DVD)
Studio: Relativity Media
Tagline: The gods need a hero
Plot: “Theseus is a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless King Hyperion, who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy humanity.” (Source: IMDB)
Review Score: 3.75 / 5
On the heels of a recent surge in mythological films (see: 300, Clash of the Titans and it’s newly-released sequel Wrath of the Titans), Immortals boasts and possesses just about everything that it’s predecessors have before it – stunning visuals and testosterone-fueled action. Theseus (Henry Cavill) is a hand-picked warrior by the Gods to stop King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) from obtaining the Epirus Bow, a valuable tool that, in Hyperion’s hands, can lead to immense danger to Theseus and all mortals on Earth. While audiences will find things to love about Immortals, some will continue to yearn for more from this evolving genre.
Director Tarsem Singh is a perfect fit for the eye-candy film visuals on display in Immortals. Previous efforts for Singh including 2000’s The Cell and 2006’s The Fall give us a glimpse of what to expect here – and we are far from disappointed. The opening sequence with stone-like men encased in a golden prison box has a heavenly, ethereal palette of warm, glowing yellows, reds and grays. Like both of his previous films, Singh also employs an array of stunning costume design. King Hyperion’s crab-claw headpiece is an interesting ironic touch, a symbol of his evil hand reaching up towards the heavens…towards the Gods…in an attempt to end their reign.
Unfortunate how the emphasis on visuals led to such a lacking and disjointed story, however. Cavill and Rourke play their respective roles of good and evil with strength. But viewers will question key scenerios: Why was the Virgin Oracle, stressed as an important hostage of Hyperion’s, held in such a tiny prison with so few guards? Why did Hyperion use the bow to create a hole in the wall of the city if he had and used stairs instead? These, and other large plot holes, detract from an otherwise stunning cinematic experience. Unlike 300, whom Immortals shares the same production team, this film suffers more greatly by this lack of care. A more tightly-knit story with a few more editing sessions could have helped push this into a solid, first-class effort.
Overall, the cinematic ride worth is the price of admission, even if it’s only your eyes that receive all the stimulating pleasure.
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