“It’s just going to be 300 with Mickey Rourke and gods.” This is what the majority of moviegoers thought about Immortals when first viewing the trailer. For the most part, they turned out to be right.


Immortals follows the life of Theseus (Henry Cavill), a peasant picked by the gods, Zeus (Luke Evans) in particular, to lead mankind in a fight for survival against King Hyperion (Rourke) and his legion of depraved soldiers. Hyperion is in search of the legendary Eprius Bow in order to free the Titans and take over the world (or at least Greece). Theseus crosses paths with Phaedra (Freida Pinto), the virgin oracle, and Stavros (Stephen Dorff), a thief. Together, they work to unite the Greek forces to fend off Hyperion’s army. The powers of good and evil collide in a final battle at Mount Tartaros (consider it, LOTR: Two Towers Part 2).

There is no denying the uncanny resemblance to 300. The disturbing and mutilated foreign army, the slow motion hand-to-hand combat, a traitor and the cinematography all share a likeness to their Spartan and Persian counterparts. Unfortunately for Immortals, the plot, which I simplified, is convoluted enough, despite the film’s best efforts to keep each scene relevant, that you don’t really care to stay interested. Many scenes seem to be simply inserted to fill out a checklist that is required for films regarding Greek mythology: enormous natural disaster, disfigurement of soldiers to show unity, heroic speech, religious devotion and visions. There is nothing, apart from Pinto’s beauty, that stands out. Even the fighting, which served as the one alluring quality, failed to live up to expectations due to it’s fractured nature. When the gods finally decide to become involved, the excitement is cut short as a result of the multiple facets (three simultaneous battles) of the plot. The camera changes angle and location so many times the full effect is lost.

Rourke continues his streak of playing imposing, frightening men. He does not change much from his Iron Man 2 character, except maybe losing the Russian accent. Cavill and Pinto are lackluster as well. Although that is slightly unfair since their characters have been played out time and time again. Evans and Dorff actually seemed to bring their own styles to their respective characters, but neither is on-screen for enough time to illustrate their effect.

Lastly, the 3D is either so good that you don’t really notice it, or there are very few scenes that were made for the purpose of showing it off (I lean towards the latter). For a movie that had a reasonable amount of potential and intrigue from the trailer, Immortals, finds many ways to disappoint.

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