Immortals (2011)

Posted in Reviews by - February 27, 2012
Immortals (2011)

Unlike director Zack Snyder’s 300 (2007), which gave a master class in story telling, style and substance, Immortals was a disappointment of historical proportions, although not as big a tragedy as Alexander (2004) or Clash Of The Titans (2010). In spite of being a stylish visual treat, Immortals is in essence a quasi(-modo) piece of mythology which deliberately perverts the legend of Theseus, and Greek Mythology in general, by presenting the classic on a totally underwhelming scale.

In Immortals, the Greece of 1228 B.C is being ravaged by King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his bloodthirsty hordes in search of the legendary Epirus Bow. Hyperion’s fiendish plan is to use the weapon to unleash the mighty Titans imprisoned by the gods beneath Mount Tartarus thus bringing war to Heaven and Earth. However, out to foil his plot is Theseus (Henry Cavill) looking to avenge the death of his mother, joined by the oracle priestess Phaedra (Freida Pinto), and a small band of loyal followers on which the hopes of the entire human race may now depend.

The weak, overly dramatic story subsequently dilutes the impact of the competently crafted fight scenes to such an extent that in the end all we are left with is a film containing plenty of blood but no real guts. Unfortunately, throughout the movie we also learn very little else about the film’s protagonist Theseus, although we do see various other seemingly important characters crop up willy-nilly, only to disappear or be killed off in the next scene. These characters, too, are so one-dimensional and given such corny dialogue that the biggest credit in Immortals ultimately goes to the actors’ personal trainers.

How many more injustices can the gods of mount Olympus suffer? Even the Gods weep at the answer to that one.


An epic failure and boring to boot

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Hi, My name is James Atticus and I have had a keen passion for movies ever since being blown away while watching 'A Trip to the Moon' back in 1902. Hardly surprisingly, I am a big sci-fi and horror fan, although my love of film extends throughout all the genres. One of my favourite quotes about cinema was told to me by Alfred Hitchcock, who said: "For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake." To which I replied, "Don't mind if I do!"


  • Darko

    Didnt think the movie was too bad, although they hardly explained much about the Titans and how powerful they appeared to be by being able to battle and kill gods them self, the creators of the universe. Movie took itself more seriously compared to 300 I think.

    • Ray

      Unfortunately, the action sequences you see in the trailer to this movie are substantially more exciting than the movie itself. Immortals felt like a waste of time in the end.

      • Maria

        I enjoyed imtarmols for what it was. I liked it for the action, and for the visual appeal. The lead actor did a pretty good job with what he had to work with, but I felt that the story just didn’t come together like I was hoping. But the movie ended up being just what I expected.I went in to the movie expecting to see some good action scenes. After seeing the trailer around ten times or more I knew I would enjoy the action, the slow motion sequences and the visual style in general. My friend told me that the lead actor was actually the boy in the count of monte cristo with jim caviezel. I found that bit of trivia interesting.I thought mickey rourke did well in his portrayal as the bad guy but I must admit there wasn’t a lot of depth to him(not mickey rourke’s fault). He played the ruthless tough bad guy pretty good I thought, with plenty of grunts and gruesome acts. So the build up to his show down with theseyus was pretty fun to watch. But for much of the movie he’s sitting around trying to extract information from people or giving orders to underlings.Now the gods from olympus I found very interesting. They have special powers of course and look down on events from mount olympus. In my opinion if the movie focused on the gods and their interventionb4a into human affairs it would make for a much more interesting movie. Especially considering how zeus responds to certain actions that made by others in this movie.In my opinion if you want to see some pretty cool looking action sequences, especially during the end then go see this movie. But be warned this is not an epic war movie in the vain of 300, troy or even something like kingdom of heaven. This movie will slow down, sometimes agonizingly slow. But if you like seeing movies with greek mythology(or greek mythology like elements) than you will probably enjoy this movie.Hopefully someone will come along and build off of the things that imtarmols and clash of the titans does right, then we will truly be in for something special.

    • Halle

      One can always invent new gods if praying to the old ones doesn’t work anymore.Consider the present American example — the old god retired out to pasture, the new god is heralded with a spectacle worthy only of a divine being.

  • JM Plaza

    I don’t like how they portrayed the gods and the titans. Instead of staying true at how the mythology described them, the gods ended up looking like the Cullens and the titans looking like monkeys. I also find it funny that some of their outfits especially Poseidon’s clothes looked like something from Lady Gaga’s closet.

    • Katarina

      It’s probably one of the best-looking films of the whole year (yet, I still haven’t seen Tree of Life) and the actoin is awesome and in-you-face which is something I always like. The story dragged on a bit and I couldn’t help but think that if the writing was a tweaked a little better, this would have definitely been a very solid film. Instead it was just fun and pretty to look at. Good review James. Check out mine when you get the chance.I would say in terms of the pure cinematic visuals only, Immortals probably ranks behind The Tree of Life and Melancholia though both of those films are light years ahead of it in the story (and deeper meaning) department. DHS

      • Andy

        Great stuff, you heelpd me out so much!

  • Flopy

    A very fair review. I’m surprised you decided to review it. At least my first impression of this movie wasn’t too good because it released in India simultaneously and like you clearly pointed out it’s been unfairly marketed (even here in India) as a cheap-thrills visual spectacle movie. But I have a better idea now and might catch a show. Wonder how good Tarsem would be if he would direct/create an Indian mythological epic rather than a Greek epic? BTW, did you watch Spielberg’s Tintin? I’m a Tintin fan but am hesitant to watch Spielberg’s version and corrupt Herge’s version which is etched in my mind since childhood.

    Prakash I would love to see Tarsem go whole-hog on some grand Indian epic. From what I remember from Hindu mythology in college, some of those stories blow the Greek myths out of the water. As for Tintin the US (for a change) is the last major market where that will open. I believe it\’s getting a Christmas release here. Tintin isn’t as well known a commodity in the States as it is in Europe and other parts of the world. From what I heard, it’s supposed to be very good but I’m not a huge fan of that style of animation or kids flicks so that will probably be a Netflixed movie for me. DHS

    • Imran

      Seems we agree that this film is visually irpvessime and we agree that the screenplay is where there seems to lie most of the blame for Immortals’ faults. Like the review and I, too, loved the headpieces!Bobby I was totally diggin’ on that Oracle chick with the giant dice headpiece. Athena and Apollo had some pretty stylin’ gear on their noggins as well. DHS

  • Jarel

    Very Weak Film. Immortals was an amazing waste of time. Even the fight scenes were boring, predictable and just a rip off of 300. Pompous, pointless and terrible lack of characterization. Visuals were only decent part of movie.

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