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IMMORTALS (2011) - PREVIEW 


 


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Immortals (2011)

Starring:
Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Kellan Lutz, Joseph Morgan, Isabel Lucas, Luke Evans, Stephen Dorff, Robert Maillet, Stephen McHattie, Corey Sevier, Greg Bryk, Alan Van Sprang, Steve Byers, Peter Stebbings, Matthew G. Taylor
Directed by: Tarsem Singh

U.S. Opening Date: November 11th, 2011
 

THEY SAY

Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens the land. Mad with power, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares.

Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time and thirst for revenge. In the king’s hands, the bow would rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man’s conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion…until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope.

Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save his people from Hyperion and his hordes. Rallying a band of fellow outsiders—including visionary priestess Phaedra (Freida Pinto) and cunning slave Stavros (Stephen Dorff)—one hero will lead the uprising, or watch his homeland fall into ruin and his Gods vanish into legend.

The 3-D epic adventure Immortals is directed by revolutionary visualist Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and produced by Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, the producers of 300, as well as Ryan Kavanaugh (Dear John, The Dark Fields).
 

WE SAY

The trailer certainly counts off the clichés: the slow-motion battle scenes, the rousing speech before the battle, etc. etc.

Okay, to be fair the “rousing speech before battle” has been round the time of Shakespeare’s Henry V, but still: plot-wise Immortals seem to be a rewrite of the Clash of the Titans and 300.

Yet, there is something “off” about the visuals in the Immortals trailer. It seems all familiar yet strange at the same time. That is probably because the movie is directed by one Tarsem Singh. Singh made a splash in 2000 with The Cell. Plot-wise it was an unremarkable Jennifer Lopez star vehicle (what just did happen to her?): an FBI agent has to “enter” the mind of a serial killer to save a kidnapped victim of said killer.

The movie however boasted some fantastically surreal imagery thanks to director Singh, which elevated the movie to something more than yet another Silence of the Lambs cash-in.

One can only hope that director Singh can pull the same off with Immortals: the plot may seem like a humdrum reworking of ancient Greek legends but the original visuals will blow audiences away. Here’s keeping our fingers crossed.

 

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