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Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens the land. Mad with power, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares.
Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time and thirst for revenge. In the king’s hands, the bow would rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man’s conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion…until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope.
Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save his people from Hyperion and his hordes. Rallying a band of fellow outsiders—including visionary priestess Phaedra (Freida Pinto) and cunning slave Stavros (Stephen Dorff)—one hero will lead the uprising, or watch his homeland fall into ruin and his Gods vanish into legend.
The epic adventure Immortals is directed by revolutionary visualist Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and produced by Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, the producers of 300, as well as Ryan Kavanaugh (Dear John, The Dark Fields).
- It's No Myth
- Carravaggio Meets Fight Club (Tarsem's Vision, A Matter of Perspective, Immortal Warriors, Settling a Score)
- Deleted Scenes [Lysander Defects to the Heraklions (:31), Hellenics Arrive at Mount Tartarus (1:24), Zeus Confronts Poseidon (1:16), The Minotaur Tracks Our Heroes (:34), The Young Gods Discuss the Epirus Bow (:33), Mondragon and Beastmaster Report to Hyperion (:57), Helios Reports To Cassander (1:04) and Hyperion Curses the Gods (:23)]
- Alternate Opening Scene: Young Theseus
- Alternate Endings: This is Our Last Embrace and Theseus Kills Hyperion
- Excerpt from "Immortals: Gods & Heroes" Comic Book (50-60 Still Images)
- Theatrical Trailer
Director Tarsem Singh never, ever, shortchanges you on his visuals. Presented in razor-sharp 1080p, and in 3D too, Immortals is a busy, dramatic and sparkling home cinema demonstration. It hardly skimps on the action, either.
Said action kicks off as Mickey Rourke’s King Hyperion amasses an army, with the intention of waging war on humankind. This he does quite successfully, until the small matter of Henry Cavill’s Theseus interjects. It turns out that Theseus has been chosen by Zeus to do battle with Hyperion, and that’s pretty much all you need to know, before settling down to a couple of hours of medieval fantasy battling.
Anyone familiar with 300 will know the score here. Story isn’t Immortals’ strength, instead giving way to wave after wave of blockbuster carnage. There’s some terrific CG work at play here, too, that makes good use of 3D. And rarely isn’t something of note happening on the screen.
The extra features are good, with the Blu-ray boasting a pair of alternative endings, along with a different opening too. The ones chosen for the final cut edge them out, but it’s interesting to see what else was considered. There’s some more traditional deleted material, too, and some welcome insights courtesy of the behind the scenes footage. It all rounds off a strong package, for a relentlessly entertaining film, warts and all. --Jon Foster
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It's a very stylish, visually seductive film - a wonderfully creative mix of CGI and imaginative concept design; Director Tarsem Singh has a particularly flamboyant visual approach to his films and although there's a lot of subdued lighting here his flair is still very apparent.
He has a good cast, despite Mickey Rourke's tendency to just play Mickey Rourke in armour ("I will end da reign of da Gads"), but by-and-large it's a reasonably good stab at re-interpreting the Greek myth of Theseus in a rather selective way.
I might like it, but it's a very particular flavour and I can quite understand some of the negativity it has received – even the paid critics were divided when this hit the cinemas.
The DVD release has a few extras – a short piece on Greek myths, some deleted scenes and alternative endings, a trailer. The film itself – originally made with a 3D version in mind – is presented in a sharp 16x9 transfer with English SDH subtitles available.
Perhaps an acquired taste, but I give it 3 ½ stars as I like it despite it's flaws.
I don't think it's an oscar winning film but definitely found it entertaining.