IMMORTALS – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on November 11, 2011 | 1 Comment
PRODUCER – Ryan Kavanaugh, Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton
DIRECTOR – Tarsem Singh
WRITER – Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides
CAST – Mickey Rourke, Henry Cavill, Frieda Pinto
MUSIC – Trevor Morris
The gods have come down to earth in a monumental battle between good and evil. Theseus (Henry Cavill) is caught in this epic war, fuelled by Hyperion’s (Mickey Rourke) brutal ambition of being the supreme emperor. The story of Theseus and Hyperion, according to sources, owes its origin to the comic book series “Immortals: Gods and Heroes”. It is loosely based on the Greek myths of Theseus and the Minotaur and the Titanomachy.
Thesues, a common mortal and social outcast is in the possession of the Epirus bow, the instrument Hyperion is after to complete his mission of avenging the fall of the Titans by defeating the Olympians. Ancient law has it that the gods cannot interfere in the battle Hyperion unleashes upon humankind. But Zeus, god of the sky and ruler of the Olympians has chosen Theseus to deliver them. He has sent him Phaedra (Frieda Pinto), priestess and oracle to guide him through it.
It is not exactly a clash of the titans that unfolds onscreen, much rather the clash of unequals. A premise that rings similar to 300, an equally brutal and magnificently stylised epic war film. Theseus gathers his mortality around him and thrusts out against Hyperion in full splendour of blood, gore and 3 D.
Epic stories require a wide berth of imagination and a grand scale to mount the narrative upon. Immortals draws out its material from the bowels of mythology but pins its story-telling upon the exclusive awesomeness of its visuals. Its heroes and villains are awe-inspiring not because of their valour or qualities of character but because of their brawny violence they unleash to win the war. It is a picture-perfect world of visuals that paints stunning pictures and leaves us so struck we forget to ask for more.
Which is a good thing because Immortals doesn’t bother too much with it. Like 300, its story doesn’t strike as eminent or its characters beyond ordinary. Even the gods. Its narrative comes brilliantly alive only when engaging with war sequences and visual drama. It merrily basks in the glory of gore faithfully upheld by a heroic Henry Cavill and a supremely ferocious Micky Rourke. The 3D, used rather skilfully here, forms the third dimension of this ocular fiesta.
For lovers of an imagination that doesn’t fear the extreme while portraying it nor does it cower before scale, Immortals is a high. Mythologies are made up of worlds that combine romance, drama and mystique. Immortals’ version of its heroes and villains may not be legends to be remembered or written about, but the world it creates is a feast, no less.