245th Movie Review: Immortals (2011)

Stylish Visuals, Unique Direction

Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals” isn’t just another 300 clone like most people say. Sure, there are abs being flashed at around every corner, but this film shone even more with its over-the-top special effects and Singh’s unique style of filmmaking.

However, I’m not saying that it’ll entertain everyone. In fact, some people might actually get bored with Singh’s direction. The film is somewhat polarizing because while the CG work and the surrealistic set pieces are masterpieces, the way the story is told tends to be a lot boring. And some people prefer substance over style.

But first let’s talk about the movie. Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens the land named King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). He is mad with power and controls a massive army which he orders to eradicate anyone standing in his way. Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares. The bow possesses the capability of destroying the prison cell of the Titans, deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time. The bow could rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man’s conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion…until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope. Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save his people from Hyperion and his hordes

There are times when the events halt and it takes a long time before the next scene occurs. Or things happen so quickly and change so fast that you’re not given a chance to absorb everything. Moviegoers not used to this pacing may not appreciate it. But instead of criticizing the film right from the start I decided to give it a chance. Sadly, it didn’t work out that well. Plenty of dull scenes and dead airs could’ve been removed to conform with Immortal’s fast-paced action.

As I said above, this film chose style over substance. The visual effects match the ones you see in big blockbusters (those with budgets of $150M and above), and this one only cost $70M. Relativity Media did a good job in utilizing most of its available resources efficiently. I hoped they added a bit more characters as well. The Gods could use a few extra men (Athena, Ares, Poseidon, Helios and Dareios were the only Gods present).

The only bright spot among the actors for me was Henry Cavill (Theseus), who’s prepping for the upcoming Superman comeback. Isabel Lucas gets an honorable mention for being eye candy, but she doesn’t show up much. Mickey Rourke is typecast as the ugly long-haired villain, while Frieda Pinto, who plays the de-virginized oracle Phaedra was passive and wasn’t that alluring. But the worst among them was Luke Evans playing Zeus. He tries too hard to look older and be the “nice guy”. It just doesn’t work. I’ve seen him in “The Three Musketeers”, and his work there is no different. Sorry, but as much as I think he’s a good guy, he’s not getting roles that could show his versatility.

Overall, the film is a mash of beautiful visuals and an OKAY story that was badly presented. This is a movie which could’ve and should’ve been better, but thanks to its special effects it still left me satisfied.

GRADE: B

I Agreed With the MINORITY

Rotten Tomatoes: 36% Fresh, 5.0/10 Critic Rating

Internet Movie Database: 6.6/10 User Rating

Metacritic: 46/100

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