IMMORTALS Film Review
Immortals, directed by Tarsem Singh, is not for the faint of heart. Plenty of blood-spurting action and tough one on one combat make no excuses when it comes to graphic depictions. It could be addicting to say the least if you love the type of action sequences as seen in the film 300 or love graphic novel films in general. Similar in its cinematic look and feel as 300, Immortals takes it a step further in 3D CGI graphics with epic tidal waves, cities built within cliffs, monumental dwellings, and earthly views from the heavens.
Based on Greek mythology but with its own twists and turns, the story revolves around Theseus (Henry Cavill), a peasant bastard who becomes the hero and leads the army against King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his legion of scarred, mask-wearing, sadistic warriors. Zeus (Luke Evans) and the Olympians view the carnage from above until there is no other choice left towards the end. King Hyperion, intent on obtaining the Bow of Epirus with its magical powers, maims and kills at his whim, yet he tries to bring Theseus to his side. Phaedra the Virgin Oracle (Freida Pinto) reveals to Theseus his destiny and brings him back to the source of the conflict.
A beautiful cast of gods, a goddess, creepy oracles, and hunky soldiers, Immortals lives up to its epic feel cinematically. Its action sequences are nonstop with thrilling suspense at every turn. This leaves little room for a dramatic storyline but its actors have done a decent job with their screen time. Henry Cavill plays his role stoically with heroic countenance, cementing his appeal in his future role as Superman. Luke Evans portrays Zeus as a strong yet compassionate father figure of the Olympians; even when he has to follow his own words you forgive him of his deed. Isabel Lucas as Athena, Kellan Lutz as Poseidon, and Daniel Sharman as Aries play the golden clad young beauties who dare to defy Zeus. Stephen Dorff as Stavros, Theseus’ player sidekick, gives the few moments of lightheartedness in an essentially dark film. Even Mickey Rourke becomes too involved in his role as a psycho sadistic king. Freida Pinto is sweetly sensuous as the Virgin Oracle and this role seems to be a turning point for her.
What makes this film amazing is the stunningly beautiful vision of its landscape, the superbly choreographed battle sequences, and its gorgeous stars. It’s art in motion and available in 3D, which doesn’t necessarily make much of a difference except for a brief period in the ending scene when things are flying at you. It is a film that needs to be seen on the big screen and in high definition. For graphic lovers, that means highly defined blood squirts, flying body parts, and kickass fighting. For manflesh lovers, that means seeing in contoured definition Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, and the rest shirtless and muscle bound in action. If a sequel is made the gods should get more screen exposure.