Review: 'Immortals'… A Roid Raging 300!
November 11th, 2011 9:17am EST
The one good thing about being a critic is the ability to come home after a screening and either rant or rave about a flick. Truth be told they’re not all geared to pique your interest, liking or fall somewhere in between, but when there’s one that just rips through you and takes control over your mind, body and soul…it’s a high beyond anyone’s comprehension. The rush I’ve just explained resonated with me during my IMMORTALS screening, sure, it was over-the-top, but the impact this film had within me is beyond an emotional rush! After this film was done, it was more like an emotional rape and made me feel like I should start running through Union Square (NYC), screaming, jigging others with a sword and claim my own victory!
Films like this are either loved or hated, I’ve heard all sorts of feedback, but I don’t live based on what others think or say, because if there’s one thing I know is that IMMORTALS is one of 2011’s most brutally enticing and entertaining films and perfectly executed for not only Mickey Rourke (who plays a menacing, vile, crude & awesome villain as Hyperion), but also flared lots of heroics at the hands of Henry Cavill (who plays rugged-looking “good guy” Theseus), while giving us a tease for his other heroic roll in Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL (2013).
Covering just about all sorts of in-your-face violence, this 3D (Of course they had to sell out) gritty story of treachery, vengeance and immortal destiny is a testicular fortitude driven film which holds no punches and gives us a different feel from all the other boring and brain-dead “period pieces” we’ve seen the last year or so.
IMMORTALS presents bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Rourke) and his murderous army stomping across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible, magical Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his crew destroy everything in their way, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king's mission. As village after village is obliterated, a young warrior named Theseus (Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion's raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man's future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.
With much leaning on 300’s aura, this isn’t a film that should be compared to it even though producers Mark Canton and Gianni Nunnari are behind it. Director Tarsem Singh’s vision is totally different than Zack Snyder’s considering similar taste and style, with IMMORTALS; it’s all about getting to the point in a way which entails lots and lots of harshness. From dialog to fighting, to relationships between characters, parallels between good and evil serve one purpose and its survival at any cost.
One thing this film solidifies is the fact that Mickey Rourke is meant to play a villain. There’s no other way to describe it. This man’s persona, characteristics, looks etc. oozes malicious intent. Much respect to him in THE WRESTLER, but even in that film, his character was surrounded by darkness that placed him in a view where one wasn’t too sure on how to take him in. His ability to draw from within and make you feel repulsed is so good, for much of this film—even when he’s not in scenes—it’s about him. He’s the Black-Sheep star of this film. As the backbone of IMMORTALS, his role as Hyperion can be argued whether he serves as antagonist, with a touch of protagonist, because if it weren’t for him…there really wouldn’t be a reason for Theseus to exist!
On the flip: Henry Cavill’s role happens to be important to play the ying or yang to Hyperion. Where there’s evil, there’s good, and stepping away from his TUDOR role, Cavill is starting to show his hero face and prepping everyone up for what’s to come in a couple of years as the MAN OF STEEL, however, Theseus doesn’t wear a cape, or flies, or can shoot lasers out of his eyes, but the amount of courage and drive to fight the good fight is clear. Desperation becomes extreme when avenging his mother’s death, and ties it in for a much deeper cause when humanity as a whole is involved. With a warrior style-like attitude, and innocence among anything malicious, Cavill didn’t overdo anything within his character, and clearly has a look and aura that can fit a hero.
Standing side by side, as stars of this film, there isn’t anything that can be said to complete their work without a supporting cast that can add interesting layers to the story as a whole and counter all the blood and gore that’s smeared in and out of this film. IMMORTALS also stars Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz, Isabel Lucas, Stephen Dorff and John Hurt. Each playing a vital role towards one another, IMMORTALS is more than just balls out violence…it’s a story which also embleishes will, love, survival and immortality based on what’s transired in the past, gone through the present, and will continue on in the future.
With a style that clearly isn’t for the squeamish, IMMORTALS serves a hard core crowd of folks—mainly guys—who thrive on a film that holds back on nothing! It’s not for kids or your lovy dovy girlfriend! It’s vile. It’s brutal. It’s gritty. It’s rough. It’s over-the-top. It’s intense. But tying all that may seem unappealing to most…it’s beautiful! Sure I recommend it…whether you’ll love it or not depends on your taste, but one thing’s for sure…I loved everything about it! Clearly one of MY best films this year!
GRADE: A / GENRE: Action/Adventure and Fantasy / RATED: R / RUN TIME: 1 Hr. 50 Min.
STARRING: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, Kellan Lutz, Luke Evans, Isabgel Lucas, Stephen Dorff, John Hurt
DIRECTOR: Tarsem Singh
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