Immortals (2011) Movie Review

As a mythology buff, I was eagerly anticipating the release of Immortals. It is based on Greek mythology, specifically, the story of Theseus. This movie was created by the same team that brought us the movie 300. The 300 movie was one of my favorites when it came out, and I was hoping that Immortals wouldn’t disappoint.

I won’t spoil the movie for you, but I’ll give you a brief synopsis. Legend has it that long ago, there was a huge war between the immortals that occupied the Earth. The victors rose to Mount Olympus, and became known as the Gods. The losers were trapped for eternity within Mount Tartarus and were known as the Titans. Eons passed, and man emerged. The greatest Oracle alive sees a vision of the Titans being released by a magical bow. A peasant named Theseus is also seen in one of the Oracle’s visions, as the only man who can save the Earth from evil.

Meanwhile, the vicious King Hyperion is on a rampage. He is killing anyone in his way, on a quest to find the magical bow that will release the Titans from their captivity. Theseus’ village is one of the victims of the King’s wrath. Theseus witnesses his mother’s death at the hands of Hyperion himself, and goes on a quest to kill the evil king and stop the revival of the Titans.

This is not the kind of movie that wins Oscars, but it is entertaining. The King Hyperion is played by Mickey Rourke, and he does an amazing job. Rourke is great at playing the dark brooding evil character that everyone loves to hate. Henry Cavill plays Theseus and does a decent job. I had never heard of Cavill before seeing this movie, and he was convincing in his role but unspectacular. The movie isn’t really about plot or character development. Its a quest for revenge filled with bloodshed, action and violence.

The best part of the film is the graphics. The fight scenes are epic and bloody, and the whole film is very dark. There is a lot of mythological undertones to the story, from the minotaur helmet of Hyperion’s executioners, to the weapons and powers of the Gods. There is a lot of blood, gore and violence. This is definitely not a movie for young children and those who are squeamish. I recommend it to action lovers and those who enjoy mythology. Its definitely not as good as 300 was, but its respectable and entertaining. Check it out at a theatre near you!