FILM REVIEW: IMMORTALS

The story of Theseus and his quest to avenge his family and stop the evil King Hyperion from releasing the Titans and defeating the gods.

The young hero Theseus (Henry Cavill) has been training all his life but has never seen battle but after a tragedy strikes he vows vengeance. Along the way he rescues the priestess Phaedra (Freida Pinto) who sees visions but not always good ones. Joined by a rag tag group of thieves they embark on a journey to stop King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) from unleashing the Titans and taking over the world. The gods are ordered by Zeus not to interfere but will they disobey him and help fight Hyperion.

This is a movie for fans of 300 and for those who wanted Clash of the Titans to be better and love a bit of violence and sex. It is more fun than Clash and it knows it is a popcorn movie which is not a bad move because you know what to expect. People who want to see a bold Greek mythology in full drama mode are not going to enjoy this but for people like me who just want two hours of fun then grab a bag of popcorn, forget all you know about Greek myths and prepare for some loud action.

The cast here are all enjoying themselves apart from Freida Pinto who just seems a bit wooden which is a shame as she is a good fit for the character. Rourke seems to be flourishing as Hyperion and is able to take a two dimensional character into a larger than life bold selfish villain without being camp. Henry Cavill will be looked at in this film to see how he will be as the new Superman but for now lets keep it on Immortals. Cavill can carry the film but is not given too much to work with. At times it seems a bit rushed but Cavill does his best to make it work. The rest of the cast all perform well.

The violence in this film is full on and does not hold back in anyway and there is a great moment that is just pure ball busting pain. The CGI is used to good effect and is not overused but at times it looks a little weak. The score is decent enough but at one point in the film there is a rousing call to arms speech that nearly turns to parody which would have been much better with a more powerful piece of music.

The Greek myth of the Minotaur and the maze is used but in a slightly different manner, more in real world terms as it were.  The gods are a little under played and seem to be killed off just a little too easily.

Directed by Tarsem Singh the film looks and feels very shiny and there are some good use of his visual style but he seems to be going for a more mainstream approach compared to his previous efforts which is not a bad or good thing.

CAST

Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Freida Pinto John Hurt and Mickey Rourke

Overall a popcorn movie that is not trying to hard but delivers  2 hours of entertainment that will not stretch your imagination.

GS Rating: 3/5

GS Reporter: Montoya

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  1. Immortals DVD has just been made available for pre-order though the Immortals DVD.com website. just thought you would like to know.

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