Gods, titans and human beings – what happens when they all start fighting with each other? The answer lies somewhere in the middle of a battle of epic proportions and absolute carnage.
“All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine“. You just know that any film opening with a quote from Socrates is going to be big. Immortals is one such film – the action starts off slap bang in the middle of this historic, philosophical idea. Immortals comes from the producers of 300, Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, as well as Ryan Kavanaugh (Dear John, The Dark Fields) and is directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall). With this much talent behind it, it certainly looks to be a huge success.
The film is set in Ancient Greece, many moons after the gods won their epic battle against the titans. Now, the old emnity resurfaces again with the evil King Hyperion searching for the legendary Epirus Bow, which would enable him to unleash the titans once more. Mickey Rourke (Sin City,The Wrestler) plays the bloodthirsty king who, mad with power, declares war on humanity. When he’s not like a wild bull on a rampage to kill everything and everyone in its way, his performance is very powerful and intense. Rourke brings a darkness to the film that is unrelenting and there is only one man who can stop him.
This man is Theseus, a mortal who has been chosen by the king of the gods, Zeus, to lead humanity in the fight against Hyperion. Henry Cavill (The Tudors, Stardust) who is also set to be the next Superman, takes this starring role and makes it his own. Spending a lot of the film with his shirt off fighting bravely and unrelentingly, he makes almost divine leading man material. Immortals has no shortage of powerful, muscle-touting males, with Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) playing Poseidon and Luke Evans as the mighty Zeus. Evans, portrays the epic power of this particular immortal extremely well, mixing a fierce streak with his godly regal-ness, that allows Immortals to live up to its title.
Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) glows as the beautiful Phaedra who has the gift of seeing into the possible future. As Theseus is the only one who can change the devastation she sees, they are thrown together, along with honourable thief Stavros, played by Stephen Dorff (Blade, Public Enemies) and a monk. The other vision of beauty in the film comes in the form Athena, played by Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). Clad in revealing gold armour and fighting just as bravely as her fellow gods, she makes a convincing goddess.
The visuals of Immortals are spectacular, especially when seen in 3D. Intricately rehearsed battle scenes jump out of the screen and are a joy to watch, as long as those with fragile dispositions look away at the right moments. The Greek gods are famous for interfering in human affairs, and this film brings up a lot of these same ideas. Issues of human free-will and the gods’ displeasure are rife in Immortals, and you can read into it as much as you like. Of course, if you just want to enjoy the film for its brutal fighting scenes and beautiful people then that’s fine too, as there are a lot of both.
Immortals is out in 3D from 11/11/11.