Immortals (2011) – 7/10 mythological fantasy action movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Tarsem Singh Dhandwar
Writer: Charles Parlapanides
Writer: Vlas Parlapanides
Producer: Gianni Nunnari
Producer: Mark Canton
Producer: Ryan Kavanaugh
Henry Cavill: Theseus
Stephen Dorff: Stavros
Luke Evans: Zeus
Isabel Lucas: Athena
Kellan Lutz: Poseidon
Joseph Morgan: Lysander
Freida Pinto: Phaedra

Immortals (2011)

Theseus has been secretly groomed by the gods to allow humanity to stand up for itself against great evil, specifically King Hyperion, who is marching destructively across the land in search of the Eluvian Bow, a weapon that can release the Titans and bring about the end of humanity. Not quite sure why he wants to do that but he’s still going to try and Theseus needs to keep hitting him until he stops.


There’s some poor acting in the prologue (Frieda Pinto is not good but, boy, she is pretty) so it’s a bit of a relief and a pleasant surprise when, after the movie proper starts, Immortals turns out to be a spectacular, entertaining fantasy action movie. Villain Mickey Rourke is certainly the right kind of wrong for this movie; physically imposing and mumbling menacingly despite his plan obviously making no sense (how does releasing Titans and destroying humanity benefit him?). Surprisingly, hero Henry Cavill also does well. He demonstrates agreeable charisma (in stark contrast to Sam Worthington in the awful Clash of the Titans), sells the action and comfortably carries the audience with him on his journey. Tarsem imbues the movie with some spectacular, imaginative visuals, generally keeps things comprehensible and encourages the sound guys to go sub-shatteringly wild. I liked it and I think it’s better than trendy Persian shout-’em-up 300.

This movie contains adult dialogue and extremely strong, graphic violence, immolation scene and brief nudity, brief sex scene.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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