Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Immortals DVD Review

EPIC BATTLES COME TO LIFE
ON STUNNING BLU-RAY
Featuring Alternate Beginning and Endings Visually-Striking Film Explodes on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Triple Play and DVD March 6

From the producers of 300, Mark Canton, Gianni Nunnari, and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, IMMORTALS explodes off the screen with action-packed battles, mythological adventure and an all-star cast including: Henry Cavill (Superman: Man of Steel), Luke Evans (Robin Hood), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies), John Hurt (Hellboy) and Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2). In this epic tale of vengeance and destiny, power-mad King Hyperion (Rourke) threatens to destroy all of humanity on his maniacal quest to obtain the ultimate weapon – the legendary Epirus Bow that gives the power to unleash war on both Heaven and Earth.  But Theseus (Cavill), a heroic young villager chosen by the gods, rises up to stop Hyperion’s brutal rampage.  With supernatural help from the beautiful oracle Phaedra (Pinto), Theseus embraces his destiny and leads a fierce band of warriors in a desperate fight for the future of mankind.

“The immortals” is a new action film that will undoubtedly be constantly compared with 300 and Clash of the Titans. Okay, granted there are similarities. But this movie finds its own identity by exploring into the seldom touched lives of the Greek gods, or at least a handful of them. Aries, Athena, Heracles, Poseidon, and Apollo are led by Zeus and live on Mt. Olympus, high above the clouds. Much is true to legend, but most content is unique to this particular story.

Zeus has trained a man to fight (Theseus), he kept himself disguised as an old man. Theseus only knew him as a friend, not a god. The gods cannot directly become involved with man, not even to aid them, unless the Titans are released. In this film, the titans are defeated gods themselves, kept imprisoned in Mount Tartarus. A Tyrannous mortal man named Hyperion is searching for the one item that will release the titans, The Epirus bow. He wants the release of the Titans to fulfill a personal vendetta he has against the gods. Hyperion’s men refer to him as their king, though he denounces the name.

Let’s go ahead and get one thing about the Immortals out in the open. It is a violent movie. I knew that the nature of the film meant violence, but it was easily the year’s most violent film. It wasn’t the shear amount of killing that was going on at any given time; it was some of the methods used to kill. King Hyperion, for example, kills his seer by gouging his eyes out with his thumbs as he was cradling his head. Three spiritual but powerful women (foes of Hyperion) are placed in a cow shaped oven and slowly cooked over a small, open fire when they refuse to give the location of the oracle. A monk cuts out his own tongue as Hyperion is about to torture him in an attempt to find the Epirus bow. Yes, the movie is violent, but the men committing the acts are labeled by their deeds, and they are portrayed exactly as they are supposed to be, the worst kind of men imaginable, the kind which sadly still exist.

Mickey Rourke plays as the villainous Hyperion, and puts forth a very entertaining and impressive performance. As much as you might hate the tyrant king, there is something unsettlingly charming about him. Theseus is played by Henry cavil, who was especially comfortable with his role. The acting is great in this film and most of the contributors obviously wanted the film to be great. The gods were suitably arrogant, the peasants humble, even Theseus, the peasant that fought like he could destroy an army with his bare hands.

I won’t spoil too much, but Theseus does find the bow before Hyperion. It is a cool bow, but ultimately serves as only a key, not a game changer (he gets the most use out of it five minutes after he finds it). Theseus is open in his disbelief of the gods for the first half of the movie. Upon finding the bow, he has a change of faith. He loses the bow and Hyperion gains control of it. At the climax of the film, two armies of men are fighting each other, Theseus and Hyperion are fighting their own private battle, and the gods are fighting the titans. The film very smoothly transitions from slower paced scenes that fill in details of the rapidly developing plot, to faster scenes of in-your-face action.

There is a lot of cleverness going on here that is easily missed. Perhaps my favorite part of the film finds Theseus in a maze-like crypt, fighting a very large man who wears a bull-shaped mask. It seemed to me like the labyrinth and the Minotaur, another legend that begins with this film. It was very clever and subtle. If I have one criticism it would be that the film is too subtle sometimes. If you watch but aren’t paying the fullest attention, you will miss plot elements, and never know you missed them.

What this movie has done most successfully, has given a beginning to man’s legend of the Greek gods. It has made this beginning as believable as possible while still injecting an appropriate level of Hollywood magic. It is action packed, entertaining, and thought provoking. We loved this film, just don’t let the kids watch, or even hear it. If you like films of this nature, then you have to check this one out.


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Where to purchase: You are able to purchase from Amazon and local retailers in your area starting March 6, 2012 for $19.99.

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1 Sweet Comments:

  1. Great review! I enjoyed reading about Immortals. I heard many things about this movie and wanted to wait until there were reviews before I see it. I have Blockbuster @Home, so I am just going to use that to rent it. It is a very popular movie because there is quite a wait for it. I may just head to the Blockbuster store and check out the Blu-Ray from there. I like having Blockbuster @Home because it gives me the option to stream different movies to my laptop or iPad anywhere I am even if I’m not at home, such as at DISH where I work or at school waiting for class to start. I love watching Greek mythology movies, and I am looking forward to seeing Immortals on Blu-Ray.

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