“IMMORTALS” REVIEW

BY: MICHAEL ALVAREZ

 

First things first!  This is a film that must be watched on BLU-RAY!!!  I began to watch the film on DVD and it was very dark and difficult to enjoy the Special Effects.  One day later I had the opportunity to watch it on Blu-Ray the difference was like Day and Night.  Not only was the picture and sound much better I also discovered the Blu-Ray features an Alternative Beginning and Two Alternate endings not found on DVD. The perks of Blu-Ray are Special features galore.


I know you are thinking “not another movie based on the Greek Gods”.  Well yes! However what makes this film stand out from dozens of films based on the Greek Gods Mythology is that “Immortals” takes place at the beginning of the Ancient Greek Era which means we as viewers get to see how the Faith in the Gods began, in theory of course.  It is also loosely based on two Greek Mythological figures Theseus (The Ancient Founder of Athens) and Hyperion (One of the 12 Titans, son of Gaia and Uranus).
The slogan of the film is “Before the dawn of man or beast, immortals wage war against each other. The victors name themselves Gods while the vanquished are named Titans”.  And that is exactly what you get.  You have the mortal King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) who is in search of an Ancient powerful weapon called “The Epirus Bow” which holds the Power to release the Titans of their imprisonment by the Gods so King Hyperion may exact revenge on the Gods for personal motives. The only thing that stands in his way is Theseus (Henry Cavill-Future Superman) a young fearless warrior and the virgin oracle Phaedra (Freida Pinto).
As I mentioned earlier what makes this film stand out from previous films about the Greek Gods is that we see the Gods very young barely matured and very much worried about the fate of MAN.   The Gods in the film are second to the mortals in the story Theseus and King Hyperion.  The Gods role in the film is to let you know that they are there watching Man and are worried however cannot interfere. You see a very, I mean very young Zeus warning the other Gods “not to interfere in mortal affairs” on what seems to be a young and new Mount Olympus over looking at the Earth.  The film also focuses on faith and how faith is the best ally during the darkest hours. Don’t get me wrong it is not a religious film it just has a small message which is good to have faith.

Immortals 2011 Still - Henry Cavill

Immortals 2011 Still - Mickey Rourke
What I have not mentioned yet is the action and special effects.  The action sequences are very entertaining and graphic as it was in “300”.  The visual effects are great!  And unlike “300” this film is in 3D so If you have a 3D TV and Blu-Ray a major plus which take the film to another level.  If you are not interested in special effects then you can enjoy Mickey Rourke who added his special blend of acting to the Fantasy Genre or you can enjoy watching up and comers Henry Cavill as the hero Theseus and the beautiful Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionare).  Either way it is a very entertaining film!

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