Theseus (Henry Cavill) is a mortal man chosen by the Greek God Zeus (Luke Evans) to lead the fight against the ruthless, ambitious King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), who is on a rampage across Greece to find a magical bow that can destroy humanity.
Review by Louise Keller:
In keeping with the grand scale of its story about Greek Gods and the saving of mankind from evil brutality, Immortals is a suitably spectacle of a film. The sets are massive, the plot is complicated and it is big, bold and violent, with blood spurting messily at every opportunity. As to be expected, this sword and sandal epic from the producers of 300 and The Fighter, plays out like a video-game: the experience is like being in a 3D hyper reality. The storytelling falls down somewhat by its complexity and mangled recounting, but even more difficult to comprehend is the dialogue, which often sounds as though it has been recorded with the bass turned up. Hence the actors' voices boom with rich Gladiator's Maximus-like tones, between decapitations, stabbings and other unfortunate, vicious actions.
It's a story about two men, both peasants, who take different paths. The disfigured, callous Hyperion (Mickey Rourke at his evil best), is rampaging over Greece with a blood-thirsty army, eager to free the vanquished Titans and rule the world. He wants to get his hands on the long lost powerful Bow of Epirus, whose whereabouts is known only by the Virgin Oracle Paedra (Freida Pinto), a gorgeous damsel, clad in red and whose concealing outfit looks a little like a red post-box. Theseus (played by Henry Cavill, the new Superman) is a selfless and brave stonemason who fears nothing and shows his great strength, courage and aptitude learned from an old man (John Hurt), who has taken an interest in him since he was a boy. Little does he know the old man is the earthly guise of the powerful God Zeus (Luke Evans), who has chosen Theseus to lead the fight against Hyperion.
The most striking effects come in the slo-mo action sequence when the Gods come to Earth and get involved in the battle. Wearing gold, Zeus and his children look imposing as they wave their weaponry at the zombie-like army, bodies sliced into pieces and squirts of blood taking an eternity to move across the screen.
If the strength of the film depends on the strength of its villain, it is in good shape. Rourke is wonderfully malevolent, his theatrical masks and headdresses enhancing his dramatic presence. Cavill uses physicality well and Pinto is beautiful as the high priestess whose visions always come true.
Production design is superb and a big resounding music score sets the scene. Targeted at the young, male audience who enjoyed 300 and Conan the Barbarian, Immortals delivers in similar fashion. I couldn't help but wish the story had been better told.
Published first in the Sun-Herald
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IMMORTALS 3D (MA15+)
CAST: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Stephen Dorff, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Joseph Morgan, Anne Day-Jones
PRODUCER: Mark Canton, Ryan Kavanaugh, Gianni Nunnan
DIRECTOR: Tarsem Singh
SCRIPT: Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Brandan Galvin
EDITOR: Wyatt Jones, Stuart Levy
MUSIC: Trevor Morns
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Tom Foden
RUNNING TIME: 110 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Universal
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 24, 2011