Friday, April 06, 2012


Immortals is like nothing you've ever seen before. However, I don't really mean that in a good way.

This is one of the darkest movies I've ever seen, filled with senseless brutality -- the 300 type of brutality, only without the slow-motion. The story, while it sounds rather simple, has more characters than the plot knows what to do with. The sets, except for one incredibly detailed, magnificent set at the end, are gray and filled with cliffs. Theseus (Henry Cavill), a mere mortal and poor to boot, is chosen by Zeus (Luke Evans) to lead the fight against the ruthless, usually masked King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), who is seeking to gain a hidden crossbow, a weapon that can destroy any building its bows penetrate. However, Zeus doesn't want his children involved in helping mankind -- he wants them to do it on their own. Such a decision has its own consequences.

Oh, and Titans are involved, too, but those scenes involving them are among the most thrilling at the end of the movie, when Zeus and his Gods decide to turn them back once Hyperion releases them. There are several very good fight scenes, especially involving Theseus, but these scenes with the Gods are quite spectacular. And I do like Luke Evans' gravitas.

Mickey Rourke is always a different kind of villain, and if you like butchery, he'll be among your favorites. For an old man, he still looks quite muscular. Cavill is also quite beefy as Theseus, and it's great to see a glimpse of the future Superman, even if he does have a British accent.

All in all, however, Immortals is too dark, stark and meandering for me. Thumb's down.


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