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Immortals

by Kevin Taft
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Monday Mar 19, 2012
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Tarsem Singh brings his distinct visual flair to the gorgeously realized Greek epic "Immortals." Released last Fall, the film did fairly well, but certainly wasn’t the hit that the similarly spectacular "300" was. For my money, "Immortals" is the better of the two with a stronger story and more impressive visuals. While critics of the film felt the story of Theseus (Henry Cavill) trying to stop King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) from freeing the Titans - immortals that had lost a war in heaven and were banished to Tartaros - was hollow, I felt this was one of the more emotionally engaging of the recent spate of mythological re-tellings.

Described as Caravaggio meets "Fight Club," the best part about "Immortals" (if you can set aside the fact that the men all have distractingly perfect bodies) is what this film looks like. Colorful and over-saturated, the film has a fake look that is both purposeful and effective. The story is otherworldly, thus the look must be as well. But also, Singh has stated he wanted the film to look like a Renaissance painting come to life - and that it does. Every frame is gorgeous - from the backgrounds, to the costumes, to the physical sets, this movie’s look will floor you. Whether the story is interesting enough to you or not, this is one film you cannot take your eyes off. And on Blu-ray, it’s almost giddily orgasmic.

Henry Cavill is our hero and soon he will prove his mettle by playing the ultimate hero: Superman. But for now, he proves to be a compelling screen presence - beautiful and strong. He is supported by the always creepy Rourke as the baddie, and a crowd of hot men and women including Freida Pinto ("Slumdog Millionaire") as the oracle Phaedra, Luke Evans (openly gay, btw) as Zeus, Isabel Lucas as Athena, Kellan Lutz as Poseidon, and Cory Sevier as Apollo. It truly is a group of Gods I’d like to hang out with, or just gaze at for hours.

Special Features on the Blu ray include:

  • It’s No Myth - a five minute commentary about Greek Mythology and the changes made for this big-screen update.
  • Caravaggio Meets Fight Club: Tarsem’s Vision - a 20 minute feature that includes chapters on the visuals, stunts, and musical score.
  • Alternate Opening & Endings - Includes an 11-minute alternate opening that drags a bit and features younger versions of the Oracles. The two endings vary slightly in how Theseus meets his fate. The one entitled "Theseus Kills Hyperion" is especially amusing since it is over-the-top homoerotic. It almost has to be seen to be believed.
  • Deleted Scenes - eight rather dull moments that were cut for good reasons.
  • Immortals: Gods & Heroes Graphic Novel - a still frame graphic novel that you have to flip through using your remote in order to read it. A little annoying to get through, but fun for fans of comic books and Greek mythology.

    Overall, this is a compelling take on the Theseus myth that astounds with its dazzling look. This is a thoroughly enjoyable action film that is unlike anything you’ve seen in a while. And on Blu-ray, it’s definitely worth adding to your collection.

    "Immortals"
    Blu-ray + Digital Copy
    $39.99
    www.foxhome.com

  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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