Immortals: Movie Review
Cast: Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, Mickey Rourke, Luke Evans,
Director: Tarsem Singh
Swords, sandals, slow mo fight scenes and a lot of blood.
Nope, it's not 300 - it's from the producers of 300 that we get Immortals,
the tale set in Ancient Greece.
Henry Cavill (the future Superman) plays Theseus, a peasant living in a small
village and suddenly facing the marauding hordes of King Hyperion. Hyperion,
played by a scene chewing Mickey Rourke, is trying to find a mystical bow to
free the evil Titans from Mount Tartarus.
The Titans were imprisoned by the gods of Greece and believed by Hyperion to
be the deciding factor in a war against the Olympian gods (headed up by Luke
Teaming up with an oracle (Slumdog's Pinto) and a thief (Stephen Dorff),
Theseus leads the charge to try and save the world both above and below from the
disastrous consequences of an onslaught by Hyperion's hordes...
Immortals is a flat, emotionless piece, blessed with some truly outstanding
It treats the mythology of Greece extremely lightly but Singh does actually
give a nice twist to some of the tales of Theseus - including the clash with the
Dialogue itself is largely uninspired and most of the film is painfully slow
and lacking in any initially gripping moments.
But throughout the film, Singh uses visuals to jawdropping effect - he swoops
in and out of CGI rendered scenes, gives us more slow mo then speeded up fight
scenes and shows heads being smashed and turned into bloody explosions.
And it's this which really brings the film to life - a final fight sequence
between the gods and the Titans is absolutely stunning and is one of the finest
recreations seen this year as the attack happens. With sped up shots, slow
moments and impressive FX, this is the film's major saving grace in a relatively
spectacle free affair.
Of the leads, Cavill's good, Rourke's just a mumbling despot on a killing
spree and Pinto's largely wasted - but quite frankly in these kinds of films,
you're here to see buffed up bodies, impressive FX and scintillating fight
Immortals offers up an uneasy mix - moments of manic energy coupled with
stilted and slow storytelling make it an unfortunately unsatisfying night at the