Director: Tarsem Singh
Writers: Charley Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides
Actors: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Frieda Pinto, Stephen Dorff, Luke Evans
Cinematography: Brendan Galvin
Costume Design: Eiko Ishioka
Both the trailer and some of the posters for the movie Immortals bear the words “from the producers of 300“. This phrase immediately got me excited because I love the movie 300. It certainly seems similar: a bunch of hot Greeks fighting off a evil tyrant in an epic battle. There’s a lot of pressure to perform with that pedigree. There is also the fact that Henry Cavill is going to be the new Superman in Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel. I wanted to see what he would do with the lead role in this movie, which might give some insight as to how he will do as Clark Kent.
So I entered the theater with all this on my mind, hoping to find a fun action movie with a bunch of hot dudes in minimal clothing. Did it live up to the hype?
This tale is set in Ancient Greece, where the evil king Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) is searching for a weapon that will help him destroy all humanity. He is sacking towns and killing everyone in his path. Enter in the hero Theseus (Henry Cavill), a peasant who has been taught to fight by a mysterious old man (John Hurt). The King lays to waste Theseus’s home city, killing his mother and making him a slave. When an oracle (Frieda Pinto) has a vision that he will destroy Hyperion, Theseus fights for freedom and his revenge.
The whole movie is filled with some really beautiful images. There has been a lot of talk about Tarsem Singh’s artistic vision. Well I can tell you now that it certainly lives up to the high expectations. I shelled out the extra bucks for 3D, and while it was missing the cool “coming at you” shots that I wanted, it definitely helps to immerse you in the incredible world. From the mythological creatures to the detailed landscapes, everything looks impressively well done.
The Fight Scenes
I’ll warn you now that if violent images disturb you, you should probably skip this movie. There are some scenes that even made me cringe a bit, and I watch action movies all the time. The fight scenes are bloody and violent, and look very cool. There are the slow motion shots that show some exquisite detail. And the last battle is certainly epic, featuring gods and men beating the crap out of each other. It delivers the action that we all crave, and it does it in the most beautiful way.
The Hot Shirtless Men
I know it’s a bit shallow, but there is one very good reason for every woman (and man who likes that sort of thing) to see this movie. And it is to watch a bunch of gorgeous men walk around in next to nothing. The stars in this movie certainly deliver in that department. God bless those Greeks and their complete disregard for clothing. There’s also a steamy sex scene between Henry Cavill and Freida Pinto, featuring the obligatory tit shot that will certainly delight the straight men in the audience. It all adds up to a movie that will make you very happy.
The Gods and Their Funny Hats
As I mentioned in the ”good” section, this movie has some very beautiful and artistic images. Unfortunately there are certain choices that are a bit confusing. One of them is the weird hats that everyone seems to be rocking (see picture below). The worst fashion offenders are the gods, they wear these weird wire things on their heads that are in different shapes according to each god. It doesn’t really make sense to me. What also doesn’t make sense to me is the mythology that the movie follows. The title of the film is Immortals, but it seems that not even the gods are actually immortal. I’m a fan of Greek myths about the gods, and this change didn’t really sit right with me. If the gods can die, then what exactly makes them gods? They’re all hot and powerful, but if things get a little violent then watch out- one of them could croak. I suppose the title Immortals is supposed to speak to the fact that great deeds are what makes even a peasant man ”live” forever. But I still think that if you’re a god then you should probably be able to withstand a few stab wounds.
I suppose it was stupid of me to go into the movie expecting another 300. The dark humor, the memorable quotes, the intense action- it all added up to a great movie that I end up watching whenever it’s on. Immortals may have the same producer, but they definitely fired all the writers. Gone is the humor that makes 300 so fun to watch. And there are no quotes that are going to be everywhere in pop culture. There are a few memorable speeches that certainly rile up some murderous thoughts in fighting soldiers. The whole movie takes itself a little to seriously. I suppose it’s admirable to try to add some deep thought to an action movie. There were some interesting ideas about faith and morality hidden away in this movie. Just enough to make you think a little bit, but not enough to make it a serious dramatic movie. In my opinion, you sort of have to make a choice. You can either make a fun action movie or you can make a drama with violence. Trying to put philosophy in a pretty action movie didn’t really work for me.
Overall: 3 stars out of 5
Despite all it’s problems, Immortals is enjoyable to watch. It’s a beautifully made action movie with some glimpses of good acting and story. Though it lacks the humor that I like in my action, it does have some heart. I enjoyed watching Henry Cavill be the hero, and I am definitely more excited about Man of Steel after watching him in this movie. It’s been doing great at the box office, so a lot of people must agree with me. Immortals is a movie with some weird moments, but the overall effect is a pretty movie that anyone can appreciate.