November 11, 2011 Immortals
Studio: Relativity Media Rating: R for sequences of strong bloody violence and a scene of sexuality.
From the producers of "300" we get another film full of swords, spears and spurting blood.
"Immortals" tells the story of the ancient Greek gods..and their struggle against the Titans. Having vanquished their foes, the gods have imprisoned them underneath Mount Tartarus.
However, the evil King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) goes in search of a bow forged by the gods which can free the Titans and bring forth war across the planet.
By ancient law, the gods cannot interfere with Hyperion, but Zeus secretly recruits a champion. Theseus (Henry Cavill) is given the task of stopping the rogue monarch.
On its surface, it's fairly simple. There are good guys. There are bad guys. Let's mix it up and see who comes out on top.
Rourke stands out as the best actor in the movie. He gives what could have been a one-dimensional villain a little weight...and fleshes out the character so that the barbaric King Hyperion isn't a cardboard cutout.
Cavill is saddled with the hero role. His task is to fight hard and look good while doing it. I'm thankful he pulls it off...because the next time we see him he'll be putting on a cape and tights and playing Superman.
Theseus isn't very deep, but he isn't required to be. Other than battling to save the world, his relationship with Zeus (Luke Evans) Zeus is critical to the plot. Although I use the term "plot" loosely. It's really just a bunch of scenes that serve to move us from one fight to the next.
But ah...those fights are glorious. The action is spectacular. And...in between bouts, Theseus also gets a love interest to enjoy for a few short sensual moments. He befriends and eventually beds The Oracle (Freida Pinto) who has foreseen a disastrous future if he fails.
Visually, this film is impressive. Director Tarsem Singh has created an ancient world that looks like it could have been painted by one of the masters. Like "300" most of it comes from a computer, but that doesn't change its effectiveness.
The pictures are beautiful, bathed in a warm, glowing light. I saw the 3D version, which gives the scenes a feeling of depth and realism, even though you know in the back of your mind they're all fake.
"Immortals" delivers just enough substance to justify its incredible style. If you like action films, this one is worth checking out.
On my rating scale, "Immortals" earns a TRIPLE.
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