Director: Tarsem Singh
Writer: Charley Parlapanides & Vlas Parlapanides
Stars: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Luke Evans & Frieda Pinto
Immortals lack soul. You do not feel for any character in the film or their plight. In the end, you are left asking yourself what was the point of it all. The story follows Theseus (Henry Cavill) on his quest to stop King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) from finding an enchanted bow and using it to free the Titans from captivity. The gods, led by Zeus (Luke Evans), have pledged not to interfere in the affairs of man unless the Titans are unleashed.
What follows on this journey is the slaughter of innocents, virgin oracles, doubting mortals, interfering gods, and rivers of computer generated anime style graphic violence–with bodies being split in half, decapitations, and blood spouting everywhere. This being a Tarsem Singh film, what also follows are incredible locations and costumes. But what fails are the computer generated visuals–they have a computer game quality to them. After The Fall, Singh’s last film, I was hoping for more of those surreal real-world locations he has a knack for finding to be showcased in this film.
The script is weak. Why did Zeus invest time in Theseus’ life to train him as a warrior? Did he know that Hyperion would rise? If he knew that, why didn’t he know the outcome? If developing faith in the gods help Theseus find the enchanted bow, why have it so quickly stolen and delivered to Hyperion’s hands? And why have the movie at all for the final battle to end the way that it did?
As for the acting, it’s OK. Henry Cavill does a decent job, and I feel comfortable with him playing Superman. Luke Evans and Frieda Pinto (Phaedra–Virgin Oracle) also do well. But Stephen Dorff and Mickey Rourke are miscast; not because they gave bad performances, but they seem out of place. They both look and feel like they belong in today’s time and not ancient Greece.
I was looking forward to this film. I have enjoyed Singh’s previous work, but this film left me ambivalent – neither happy I watched it or annoyed that I spent my money on it. It’s just there. Too bad.