Tarsem Singh, USA, 2011, 110 min.
Immortals is the story of the ancient Greeks, and the mortal battle for an immortal weapon: the Epirus Bow. King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) scours the country in search of it so he can release the Titans, a group of vanquished gods that lost a heavenly war. Henry Cavill plays Theseus, a mortal peasant who was unknowingly taught by Zeus and may be the only thing stopping the king from completing his task.
The bow is very cool or course, and any mad power-crazed king would love to have it. I understand that. But why does the king want to release the Titans? It’s unclear. Whatever the reason, the currents gods don’t want that to happen, but they are banned by Zeus from interfering with mortal affairs. So they watch, on the edge of their seats, as the King gets closer and closer to the bow and the Titans.
Mixed up in all of this is the virgin oracle, (Freida Pinto), who can see the future and may know the location of the bow. The plot is straightforward, but the motivations and the specifics are very muddled. Why are people doing the things they do? Why are they going the places they go? Why don’t they do these other, more simple or more logical things instead?
The movie does have some cool images (dark, murky CGI, but still), and the fights are great (especially when the gods join in). But everything else is working against the film. Fans of Tarsem’s excellent The Fall will not be pleased, but fans of the inane 300 probably will.
This film wins the award for “Most Anachronistic Actor”for Mickey Rourke playing an ancient Greek. Sorry Mr. Rourke, you were evil and creepy in your role but I just couldn’t picture you in ancient times.