Director: Tarsem Singh
Screenplay: Mark Canton, Ryan Kavanaugh, Gianni Nunnari
Producers: Vlas Parlapanides, Charley Parlapanides
Starring: Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans, Mickey Rourke, Isabel Lucas, Kellan Lutz
Year: 2011
Country: USA
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 110 min

The film is visually outstanding, with vast CGI landscapes, and an army that is overwhelming just to look at, this is quite obviously from the creators of 300 (About 300 Spartans fighting a gargantuan army, familiar?) I spent half of the film in awe at the magnificent effects, and the stylisation of the piece. However, I wasn’t missing out on a terrific storyline. There wasn’t enough depth into any of the characters, and the motive for some of their actions aren’t especially justified.

The only character I really connected with, was Luke Evans’ portrayal of Zeus. His rage and compassion seemed to be the only real emotion throughout the film. The rest of the cast seemed to be slightly wooden, and out of place. I also feel that Hyperion is exaggerated slightly. He’s excessively violent against people he doesn’t need to be. Henry Cavill seems to be trying to fit into the rather large shoes of Gerard Butler in 300, the speech towards the end of the film is rather reminiscent of Butler’s performance. This isn’t necessarily a negative issue, but some originality would be better received.

But the film does have some positives, there are several points where the audience itself feel empowered by what is happening on screen, alas, these moments are few. The film is full of fight scenes and epic battles (even if half of it is CGI), some of which are extremely impressive. There are also a few scenes, one in particular, that are very unpleasant, and will make every man watching, cross their legs and squeal. Overall, Immortals is an over violent film, with impressive special effects, it isn’t going to be a classic, but maybe remembered for the stylisation alongside 300.

Written By Eammon Jacobs.

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