With the likes of “300” and “ Clash of the Titans” still a blockbuster memory, the newest Greek epic to grace the big screen is “Immortals.”
Loosely based on the myth of Theseus, it follows him as he confronts the evil King Hyperion in his goal for world domination. Theseus is the hero of the myth concerning the Minotaur in King Minos’ maze. This event plays an extremely minor part in the movie.
Theseus is born the illegitimate child of a holy woman in Crete, and is taught the way of battle by an old man in the village. When his village is attacked, Theseus must raise up to stand for his people and what he believes in.
Chosen by the gods to lead his people, the final showdown between Theseus and Hyperion, and the Olympians and the Titans combine as a battle to end all battles.
Fans of Greek mythology be wary of this film. The Titans are not the Titans in the classical sense, and the entire story uses elements from Greek mythology and puts them in a massive battle for the earth.
The film is reminiscent of “300”, with spraying blood effects and slow motion similar to the effects used in the “Sherlock Holmes” fight scenes.
The movie focuses more on picture than plot, with characters appearing and disappearing and little to no explanation of some events. While the entire movie was made for the eye rather than the mind, the most stunning scenes were the ones on Mt. Olympus where the colors were bright and striking.
“Immortals” is directed by Tarsem Singh, who also directed the visually-stunning “The Fall.” Singh is also directing the 2012 film, “Mirror, Mirror;” one of the two Snow White adaptations coming to theaters in 2012.
“Immortals” stars the newest Man of Steel, Henry Cavill, as Theseus, as well as Isabel Lucas, Luke Evans, Kellan Lutz and Mickey Rourke as King Hyperion.
The film scored a 38 percent on Rottentomatoes.com and Roger Ebert calls it “without a doubt the best looking awful movie you will ever see.”