The previews for Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals” were anything but impressive. The attempt to ride the established success of such films as “300” was an obvious objective. Unfortunately, Immortals is not in the same class.
The back story: a thousand years ago, after a great war, the titans were imprisoned by the Greek gods. Now, King Hyperion, played by the enigmatic Mickey Rourke, is on a rampage, destroying everything in sight. He searches for the mythical bow that can release the titans and destroy the gods who let him down in life.
Henry Cavill, the actor chosen to be the next Superman, plays Theseus, a mortal man who has been secretly mentored his whole life by a disguised Zeus. When his village is attacked and he suffers a great personal loss, he leads the fight against Hyperion.
The story does have several cool elements to it and visually the finished product is satisfying. You just have to endure a drawn-out setup before getting any of the payoff.
While Cavill is lukewarm in his hero role, Mickey Rourke is on fire. Rourke does the evil protagonist so well that it kind of stinks that the rest of the film is so mediocre.
“Immortals” can be summed up as last year’s “Clash of the Titans” meets “300” sprinkled with elements from “The Cell.” Not horrible, but not destined for cinematic immortality.
For that, I’m giving “Immortals” two out of five stars.