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  • Blu-ray: Immortals
  • Rating: R
  • Starring: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Stephen Dorff
  • Written By: Vlas Parlapanides, Charley Parlapanides
  • Directed By: Tarsem Singh
  • Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment
  • Original Year of Release: 2011
  • Extras: See Below
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Immortals Blu-Ray Review

Shiny but empty retelling of Greek Mythology

By Tim Janson     March 15, 2012

 

Immortals is the latest big screen film to play with Greek mythology and like 2010’s Clash of the Titans, it fumbles the attempt like a football doused in olive oil.  It is loosely based on the myths of Theseus, one of the great Greek founder-heroes like Perseus and Heracles.  Did I say loosely based?  The Muppets Christmas Carol was more faithful to Dickens than Immortals is to Greek mythology.
 
King Hyperion (Rourke) is searching for a fabled weapon called the Epirus Bow.  Seems he once ate some bad Titan remains, got a stomach ache, and is pissed off at the Greek Gods for his family dying…or some such nonsense.  There’s little reason to dwell on the finer points of the story since the writers didn’t either.  Anyway he’s raised an army and begun kill and enslave the other people of Ancient Greece.  His ultimate goal is to use the bow to free the Titans who were enslaved by the Gods in Mount Tarterus .
 
Theseus (Henry Cavill) is a peasant but also skilled warrior trained by his mentor, the old man (John Hurt).  His village is overrun by Hyperion’s army and he watches in horror as his mother is killed by the King and Theseus is taken as a prisoner.  The Orable Phaedra, also a prisoner of Hyperion, realizes that Theseus is touched by the Gods and together with the thief Stavros (Dorff) they manage to escape and seek the bow themselves.  Meanwhile the “old man” is revealed to actually be Zeus (Luke Evans), chief of the Greek Gods.  He sits atop Mt. Olympus with the other Gods watching the events play out.  He warns the other Gods against interfering in the mortal affairs…Wait a minute?  Isn’t this the guy who has disguised himself as a human to train and school Theseus since he was born?  Talk about your double standards!  The climax leads up to Hyperions eventual freeing of the Titans which does cause the Gods to come down and fight their old enemies again.  To say the Titans were underwhelming would be a vast understatement.  Aren’t Titans supposed to be…titanic? 
 
Immortals is produced by some of the same men who produced “300” and they ride that ticket as hard as they can.  The film wants to be “300” in the worst way, and it succeeds in the worst way.  There are so many slow-motion fight scenes that if you sped them up to normal speed I’d hazard to guess the film would be 20 minutes shorter.  And of course there’s all manner of stylized, slow motion kills that alternate between slow motion and normal speed so much it’s like a two year-old playing with the DVD remote. Theseus’ village seems perched on that very same strip of cliff-side mountain that Leonidas and the Spartans defended against the hordes of Xerxes.  But Immortals completely lacks the energy and passion of that film.  No one’s asking for high drama but it would have been nice to have someone other than Rourke and Hurt look like it wasn’t their first day on the job.  Henry Cavill…who will play Superman next year…looked completely lost throughout most of the film and downright laughable while trying to deliver the film’s key-note rallying speech to the troops.
 
Rourke and Hurt are the film’s saving graces.  Hurt always brings a quiet professionalism to every role.  And Mickey Rourke was great because he didn’t try to be Mickey Rourke and gobble up every scene.  In fact, if its possible, he actually was a bit understated in his role and even managed to solicit a bit empathy for his performance.  Director Tarsem Singh gets the look down…the landscapes are simply gorgeous but is that really all that much of an accomplishment given today’s digital technology? 
 
Tarsem Singh’s Immortals is like a big Christmas present that is wrapped in fancy foil paper with bows and ribbons but when you open it up, it turns out to be full of socks or underwear.
 
Blu-Ray Extras
 
It’s no Myth (5:27) – A look at Greek Mythology
 
Carvaggio Meets Fight Club: Tarsems Vision (20:29) – This is a multi-part, making of documentary that features interviews as well as segments on visual effects, stunts, and the musical score.
 
Alternate Opening (11:34) – Theseus as a young boy listening to the old man tell the story of Hyperion.
 
Alternate Ending (8:38)
 
Deleted Scenes (8:10)

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mgibson17 3/15/2012 8:25:02 AM

"His ultimate goal is to use the bow to free the Titans who were enslaved by the Gods in Mount Tarterus."

That's what bothered me more than anything. If you're going to imprison "GODS," make darn sure the prison you build for them is inaccessible by anyone; especially disgruntled mortals. The location of their confinement should be as legendary as the captives kept in it. In Christendom, Tartarus (for the fallen angels who intermingled with humanity) is secreted in a place unreachable by humans.

On a side note: that's what bothered me about superman's fortress of solitude. Why was it so accessible by anyone who just happened by? Why not a 10-ton key or secret Kyrptonian code or something? Who leaves their door unlocked nowadays especially with a super genius lurking about.

DarthBob 3/15/2012 9:19:47 AM

Immortals makes John Carter look like Oscar material.  Lots of blood, zero acting, dull story, forgettable characters and a downright snooze fest.

rogue188 3/15/2012 2:04:42 PM

Yeah, this movie was a stinker. I will say Rourke was the better part of this blah fest.

ultrazilla2000 3/18/2012 7:58:54 AM

It was far from my favorite film of the year, but it wasn't that bad.  They just focused on style over substance a bit too much.

InnerSanctum 3/18/2012 12:41:19 PM

 Does anyone remember just how bad some of those old Greek mythology sandle epics were back in the day?  Some were so bad, you had to overlook a lot, even as a kid, just to see a monster appear.  

Not sure what anyone expected from this film.  It was obviously going for 300's style.  From the trailers, it looked like all the action took place on one hillside.  That said, until I read this review, I was going to Netflix it.  

TheStormrider 3/19/2012 7:38:28 AM

Too

Darn

Dark

 

Thats my review.

tjanson 3/19/2012 8:50:02 AM

Inner...I sure do.  Used to love those old Steeve Reeves film as a kid.  But you're talking about films that were made on a shoestring budget with dubbed Italian actors (except for Reeves).  Not a film that had a budget of around $100 million.

mgibson17 3/20/2012 8:05:59 AM

I grew up with Steve Reeves as well. The Hercules franchise and the cheap 'Sons of Hercules' knockoffs entertained me as a child of 11. We had three channels on a 13 inch black & white set, and we were thankful.

Wiseguy 3/21/2012 7:33:34 AM

I agree with ultrazilla. I mean I love style and eye candy more than most but just not enough substance to sustain the film. I still enjoyed it some but it didn't live up to what I was ecpecting and hoping for.

Sure didn't live up to Singh's prior efforts

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