Immortals: The Gods Need a Hero (2011)

Posted: July 23, 2012 in Action, Drama, Fantasy

Though the Gods had won the war against the Titans and imprisoned them, a new evil has risen with the goal of releasing the Titans against humanity. Hyperion has amassed an army to take on humans guarding Mount Tartaros, where the Titans are being held. Before reaching the Titans, Hyperion’s army goes through a mountain village, the home of Theseus. Seeing Theseus as the hope for humanity, Zeus forbids the other Gods from intervening in accordance with their laws. Initially captured and put to work after witnessing his mother’s murder, Theseus is freed when the Phaedra and her attendants enact a plan to aid in their escape. While laying his mother to rest, he discovers the Bow of Epirus, a powerful weapon with unlimited, invincible energy arrows. Though he loses the bow in another battle with Hyperion’s army, he travels to Mount Tartaros to prepare the people for a war with Hyperion to prevent the freeing of the Titans.

Starring: Henry Cavill (Theseus), Mickey Rourke (Hyperion), Stephen Dorff (Stavros), Frieda Pinto (Phaedra), Luke Evans (Zeus), John Hurt (Old Man), Joseph Morgan (Lysander), Anne Day-Jones (Aethra), Alan Van Sprang (Dareios), Peter Stebbings (Helios), Daniel Sharman (Ares), Isabel Lucas (Athena), Kellan Lutz (Poseidon), Steve Byers (Heracles)

This ancient Greece fantasy drama includes some rather epic fight scenes but also the occasional acting. There is little comedy to be found, but there are a few dramatic moments provided by Pinto’s attraction to Cavill and Cavill’s feelings of loss for his mother. Rourke plays a solid bad guy yet again, with his menacing presence and powerful, booming voice. In the end, the acting is not much of anything special though.

  

Unlike many other films of this genre, the Gods and the Titans have more human qualities. Director Tarsem Singh represented this ancient world with some superhuman conflicts and elements, but he even made the Gods and Titans vulnerable to human weapons. There seem to be a great many of the Gods missing from action, but Zeus certainly reigns control over his kind. Even with their power, their laws (though based on some godly perspective of mutual trust between the Gods and humans) prevent them in engaging the wars of man. Zeus’s secret selection of Theseus as man’s protector comes at a price. His pain over the loss of his mother first cripples him, but then serves as a guiding force to stand up against Hyperion and his horde. Phaedra serves as an additional source of support, as she breaks from his traditional role as a seer and becomes his emotional pillar and lover.

  

While the story may be a little light, the purpose of this film is to watch a series of visually-gripping action sequences. For the most part, the human to human combat is quite enjoyable. The stylized blood and injury elements add to the graphic nature of the action but in a way that make it slightly more enjoyable to watch. There are a couple of the elements that may be a little difficult to watch, but most viewers know what they are getting into when they choose to watch this type of film. The Gods, on the other hand, appear to be unstoppable. The same could be said for the Titans, but their representation of drone-like killing machines does take away from their supposed equal abilities to that of the Gods. Still, this sequences are packed full of fast-paced, unearthly damage and destruction.

The visual appeal of the movie is there, but the story and the time between the action falls short of entertaining.

Dan’s Rating: 2.0/5

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