Immortals

Okay…in order to explain the plot of this flick, I’d have to go into a lot of mumbo jumbo about the Greek gods and their war against their enemy known simply as the Titans. So…here it goes…

Millions of years ago, the Greek gods battled the evil Titans, defeated them and confined them in a magical cell deep below the earth’s surface. Thousands of years later, the evil King Hyperion (Mickey Roarke) goes in search of the one legendary weapon that can unleash the Titans, a magical bow & arrow called the Epirus Bow. In his rampage across Greece, he murders everyone in his path, including the mother of Theseus (Henry Cavill), who, unbeknownst by him, has been in training by Zeus himself to fight the battle against Hyperion and to save the earth from the Titans.

Following so far? Okay…

So Theseus meets an oracle (Freida Pinto) who can see into the future (as long as she is a virgin). In her dreams, she sees Theseus with the bow, so she helps him in his quest to find it. As you can imagine, that quest is not an easy one and there are a lot of beheadings, deaths by spear and some other rather violent proceedings. Needless to say, between the bloodshed and Hyperion’s sadistic ways, this film definitely earns its R rating. So from there the race is on as Hyperion and Theseus race to find the bow as the gods watch with interest from above. If Hyperion unleashes the Titans, it will mean another war, so of course they want Theseus to win. Will he get to the bow and defeat Hyperion? Or will Hyperion have his day and unleash the Titans, destroying earth and beginning another million years of war in the heavens? Oh the fun!

Needless to say, I really enjoyed “Immortals.” I’m a fan of “300” and I thought this was a pretty good follow up to that film. Is it as good as “300?” Well…I don’t know about that. But the addition of Roarke definitely takes this one up a notch. As the evil king, Roarke shows his superior acting ability and pretty much owns this flick as he kills and maims anything and anyone in his path. It’s a good role for him and he handles it with ease.

As the hero, Henry Cavill does a good job looking like a warrior. This guy is gonna make a great Superman in 2013. Pinto is good as his oracle, Phaedra and Stephen Dorff plays his thief pal, Stavros, with a gleam in his eye that brings a little bit of light-heartedness to a pretty heavy-handed film. Luke Evans shows up in his 2nd Greek God movie (he was in “Clash Of The Titans” last year) as Zeus and John Hurt plays Zeus in his human form, an old man who befriends Theseus and trains him to fight.

As for the other aspects of this movie, I thought the production design was excellent! Cities in cliffs, the God’s watching from above the earth, the Hyperion camps that span for miles. Everything looks top notch! And the dialogue could have been a lot cheesier than it was, even though there were a few scenes that had me rolling my eyes a little bit.

So for the price of admission…this was a pretty good movie to see on an IMax screen! But don’t bother with the 3D. There’s nothing in it that stands out as a 3D experience and I wouldn’t waste your money…

Overall Rating: B+

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One thought on “Immortals

  1. 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. Check out mine when you get the chance.

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