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The melding of real sets, CG work, and Tarsem's signature style produces fireworks, though the same can't be said for Immortals slack, boring storytelling.



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The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king's mission. As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion's raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man's future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity. -- (C) Relativity Media

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  • If you like blood and guts, with hand-to-hand (or should I say hand-to-spear) combat in video-game-style, you may like this more than I did.

    Dec 2, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Without any narrative heft, these sights don't last in the mind much longer than they linger on screen. And yet they thrill in short-lived bursts that Singh doles out carefully, keeping pace with the audience's appetite.

    Nov 18, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • When Hyperion says of one character, "His pain has just begun,'' you know exactly how he feels.

    Nov 14, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • The same hyperstylized, comic book-come-to-life approach that created an invigorating experience for viewers of 300 elevates Immortals above the level of a Clash of the Titans knock-off.

    Nov 13, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The posters read "From the Producers of 300" and, like Zack Snyder's film, Immortals has little on its mind but conveying the buzz of martial glory.

    Nov 12, 2011 | Full Review…
  • This monumental tale of warring gods and men is a beautiful, dead thing, bereft of organic or kinetic life.

    Nov 11, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Immortals

  • May 14, 2013
    Visually stunning, but not the best storytelling.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2013
    "Immortals" starts with the virgin oracle Phaedra(Freida Pinto) having nightmares. You know, the one with Hyperion(Mickey Rourke) using a magic bow to free the titans and ruining everybody's day. Theseus(Henry Cavill) has problems of his own, what with an invading horde on its way and he and his mother(Anne Day-Jones) being relegated to second class refugees, just because nobody knows who his father is. Meanwhile, Zeus(Luke Evans) warns his fellow gods not to directly interfere in the lives of mortals, but if they still want to mess with their heads behind the scenes, be his guest... Tarsem Singh is one of those divisive directors whose films you either love or wish he would take up Nascar racing. For the record, I'm in the former camp, especially regarding "The Cell" and "The Fall." But sadly, with his film "Immortals," I'm sad to report that I have to fall on the negative side of the equation for once. In this case, even his visuals, usually his calling card and strong suit, fail to impress for once in a movie that is strangely talky at times. Maybe the problem comes from trying to actualize somebody else's world, instead of having the freedom to create a new world from scratch, which in this case is the world of Greek mythology which everybody recently has taken deadly seriously unlike, mind the nostalgia, in the good old days where it seemed like a lot more fun where the characters could still be larger than life and the special effects. And it is probably no coincidence that this movie stops being entertaining the moment John Hurt makes an early exit.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2012
    I really have no idea what to make of this movie whatsoever. I mean it's not good. First things first, and this is what pissed me off the most. I saw this movie on DVD and the picture brightness was fucking terrible. There were a lot of scenes where it was so dark that I LITERALLY couldn't see ANYTHING. I had no idea what was going on or who was on screen. If it had been a few scenes here and there then it'd have been OK, still bad but I wouldn't have minded as much. But I'd say that I couldn't see about 40% of what actually happened on screen and that is completely unacceptable. I have no idea if it was the same watching in the theaters, so I can't say whether the movie was too dark to begin with, but whoever did the transfer to DVD did a fucking awful job at it. Which brings me to the other negative, which I think would be related to the brightness issues. I don't know if it was just me but I felt that with the way the story was presented I just kind of zoned out and didn't really pay attention. I don't know if I should blame the script for not doing a good enough job at explaining what was going on and WHY it was happening or the darkness of the scenes just took me out of the story right from the very beginning. but I just simply didn't care. Really...what was the movie about??? I mean really? Gods, titans, bows, Mickey Rourke trying to act bad-ass, holy wars...yes it involves all of these aspects but how they all fit together? Well I have no fucking idea. If you like your movies to be one of those annoying 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles that take so long you don't even want to bother finish them, then this is the movie for you. I'm sure I could've figured it out but I just didn't care and it was pretty shoddily put together by the people who wrote it, or somebody else who re-wrote it and destroyed the original script, so why should I bother? I'm sure it doesn't even compare (DUH) to whichever Greek myth, or myths, this movie is inspired by. Visually the movie is good, Tarsem Singh (and his cinematographer Brendan Galvin) have a good eye for visuals and some of the action scenes are really well shot and choreographed. Really it's just the ONE scene with the gods and titans fighting each other, but it's a good scene. Can I talk about the acting?? No, I couldn't see a lot of it so it wouldn't be fair, but Henry Cavill has good physical presence so he should be fine as the new Superman. And let me tell you, some of these costumes (mostly the hats) were utterly goofy. Especially the one that Mickey Rourke's character wore. It had like an open crab claw on top and around and down the side of his head it had like these fucking fangs, it was the most hilariously absurd hat I've ever seen. And I was supposed to take this character seriously when he was being threatening. That's not the only one, but he was the main offender. And another thing, this movie takes itself WAY too seriously. I understand it's based on Greek myth, but when the movie is like this, as in not good at all, it's even more glaring. If at least the story was intriguing I wouldn't have had a problem. So really I did NOT like this movie at all. Technically it was awful as I couldn't see a lot of the movie. The story is uninteresting and you'll pretty much have to force yourself to keep watching the movie, making it, the worst thing a movie can be, a chore. The special effects and the action scenes are fine but it really can't save a movie that was already doomed. I didn't think it was terrible, but it's never as good as it should've been.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 28, 2012
    Totally one brutal yet visually astounding adventure telling the story of a man named Theseus (Henry Cavill) chosen by Zeus (without his knowing and against his will) to lead his people to safety away from the evil ways of the brutal King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke)...who's sole goal is to acquire the "Bow of Epirius". With the bow in Hyperion's possession he will be able to rule his world. Having made a vital mistake in one of his conquests forces Theseus to be on a vengeful mission to obliterate Hyperion. Using the help of The Oracle Phaedra (Freida Pinto) and a common thief Stavros (Stephen Dorff) the three of them embark on an adventure to save mankind.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer

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