From the producers of ‘300’ comes ‘Immortals’, an epic sword-and-sandals adventure directed by Tarsem Singh.
Inspired by some of the most interesting tales in Greek mythology, ‘Immortals’ follows the rise of Theseus (played by Henry Cavill). An exceptional warrior, he is unknowingly trained and mentored by Zeus (Luke Evans), who is cunningly disguised as an old man (John Hurt).
When the merciless King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) seeks out a devastating bow, he carves a trail of death and destruction in the local villages. His ultimate goal is to release the God-killing Titans, who are currently imprisoned beneath Mount Tartarus.
With a small band of rebels, including Stavros (Stephen Dorff) and the smouldering Freida Pinto as a mystical Oracle, Theseus sets out to stop the King before all is lost.
Though Theseus’s plight is watched over by Greek Gods Athena (Isabel Lucas), Poseidon (Kellan Lutz), Heracles (Steve Byers), Ares (Daniel Sharman) and Apollo (Corey Sevier), Zeus forbids them from actually interfering in human matters, or risk death.
Classic chapters in Theseus’s life are creatively brought to life, including his legendary battle with the Minotaur in a maze. The beautiful backdrops are all digitally added, recreating Greece’s ancient temples and majesty.
The combat in ‘Immortals’ is delightfully visceral and bloody throughout, as Theseus obliterates his foes like a one-man army. It is fitting then, that Henry Cavill has since been cast as Superman in ‘Man of Steel’, a role that he proves well-suited for here.
‘Immortals’ has a lot to offer with a great cast, adrenaline-pumping action sequences, classic story and eye candy on every level. Even better than ‘300’, this Greek legend is definitely worth a purchase.
Available in both 3D and 2D flavours, the Blu-ray edition also includes It’s no myth and Carravaggio meets Fight Club featurettes, deleted scenes, an alternate opening scene and endings, plus a theatrical trailer.
Review by: Mark O'Connell
Date: 5th March 2012
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