Immortals is a fantasy adventure film directed by Tarsem Singh, following the story of Theseus in a fictional ancient Greece, a mortal who engages with mad King Hyperion, in the effort to stop his rampage and his plans to gain a weapon of immense power, the film stars Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Kellan Lutz.
The story of Immortals is an interesting mish mash of some ancient Greek mythology from the story of Theseus and the minotaur, to him fighting against a God in mythology – Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), other Gods in the film are also included, Zeus (Luke Evans), Ares (Daniel Sharman), Athena (Isabel Lucas), Poseidon (Kellan Lutz), Hellios (Peter Stebbings). Though for the most part they’re not hugely important to the story, their arc does affect the main plot here and there, they also work as a lot of the spectacle in the film, taking part in 3 of the best looking scenes in the film – with Poseidons, Zeus dealing out punishment and the climactic God – Titan fight.
A lot of the film has some pretty fantastic visuals though, with some cool use of slow-mo, very well choreographed fight scenes and some pretty epic set pieces, combined with an interesting visual tone for the film as well, looking more gritty and dark in general in comparison to other, bright and vivid looking films based on ancient Greek mythology – Clash/Wrath Of The Titans, Percy Jackson. This different look works for the film though, with a more earthy, gritty feel to everything, from the looks of the Gods themselves, who all look like warriors, clad in golden armour, to Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), there’s a very stylised, nuanced look to things and it works hand in hand with the alternative way the plot tells a few Greek myths and legends:Theseus and the Minotaur and the Epirus Bow for example.
Henry Cavill especially is great in the film that probably bought attention to him as a solo action star, he’s great in the action scenes, while he also brings a feeling of frustration but unwavering drive to complete his mission, he’s a character you want to succeed, meanwhile Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) cuts an imposing, dominating figure as the villain willing to challenge the Gods. And for these 2 good performances, you also have several one dimensional, cliché characters for this type of story, which don’t hugely take away from the film but don’t add anything to it either, writing interesting, new characters in a story based on greek mythology might be a challenge but it would be fun to see characters that aren’t purely evil or good for a change.
The stories’ plot is interesting enough with its’ use of the real world and the Gods in the story, who ultimately don’t play a huge role and are interesting characters by themselves, though the film presents a world in which some of humanity in part has given up on the Gods and wants to go it alone. Immortals isn’t a particularly deep story but it is entertaining and a great visual feast, it could have used some more three dimensional characters to compliment its’ main ones, the action/set pieces are the highlights and the nuanced storytelling of some ancient Greek myths makes for interesting viewing in what is otherwise a predictable, straightforward plot.
. Has some fantastic visuals, great action
. Plot is interesting, has some nuanced portrayal of Greek myths
. Some basic characterization