Immortals Review
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Whenever a studio chooses not to screen a film for critics, it sends a pretty obvious message: We know itís bad, and we donít want you to scare away potential customers. When a studio chooses not to screen a film but chooses instead to send out glossy press kits filled with pictures of grand sets and striking costumes, it sends a different message: The movieís not that great, but look how awesome it looks! And, as it turns out, the implied message that came with Relativity Mediaís glossy Immortals press kit was pretty accurate. Itís not a great movie, but it sure is pretty.

Immortals tells the epic story of Theseus (Henry Cavill), a Greek peasant whoís recruited by the gods to lead the battle against power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke).

  
 
In 1228 B.C., Hyperion and his army make their way through Greece, searching for the legendary Epirus Bow. If they find it, Hyperion will rule over all mankind, unleashing the Titans and ending the reign of the gods. The gods are not allowed to interfere in the ways of mortal man, but Zeus (Luke Evans) has been preparing for this day, disguising himself as an old man (John Hurt) to train young Theseus, believing that heíll be strong enough to stand up and do whatís right. And after Theseus sees his mother murdered by the king himself, he vows to do everything he can to avenge her death.

Much like Zack Snyderís 300, Immortals is a grand CGI action spectacle. Director Tarsem Singh makes the film visually stunningófrom the massive computer-generated sets to the eerie costumes (complete with horrifying masks) worn by Hyperionís men.

The action, too, is often breathtaking, with armies of men and gods and Titans clashing against one another in epic fashion. Adrenaline junkies will be thrilled to find that the battles are especially brutalóand generally quite gruesomeówith an enormous body count of grisly deaths.

At the same time, though, despite the epic battles, the impressive CGI, and a likeable hero (which bodes well for Cavillís upcoming role as the new Man of Steel) thereís something about Immortals thatís just, wellÖlaughable. Maybe itís King Hyperionís battle helmet, which makes Mickey Rourke look like a vicious bunny rabbit. Maybe itís the gods, with their silly golden robes and their special weapons that make their enemiesí heads explode on contact. Or maybe itís Stephen Dorff, whose character speaks in nothing but ridiculous one-liners. Whatever the case, though, itís almost impossible to take the film seriously.

Immortals is definitely a sight to beholdóan impressive exhibition of ancient warriors and Greek mythology. Thanks to the gorgeous CGI, itís significantly more watchable than 2010ís regrettable Clash of the Titans remakeóbut the boilerplate story and silly missteps make it little more than a run-of-the-mill mythological thriller.


Blu-ray 3D Review:
Iíve said it before, and Iíll say it again: Tarsem Singhís Immortals is a good-looking movie. So if youíre planning on picking up a copy of the ancient Greek spectacle on Blu-ray, I recommend springing for the 3D edition. Even if you donít have a 3D TV quite yet, itíll be worth it later.

The 3D release also includes a copy of the Blu-rayówhich comes complete with plenty of extras. In addition to eight deleted scenes, you can also check out an alternate opening (which gives a little more background on the relationship between Theseus and Old Man) and a pair of lengthy alternate endings. Comic fans will also want to take a peek at the five-part graphic novel, Immortals: Gods & Heroesóthough itís pretty tough to read the text on a TV screen (no matter how big it may be).

For a look behind the scenes, you can watch the four-part making-of feature, Caravaggio Meets Fight Club: Tarsemís Vision, which offers insight into a little bit of everything that went into making the movie: like the effects and technology, the fight choreography, the score, and even Singhís personal take on mythology.

If you have an interest in mythology (as I do), though, youíll probably be most interested in Itís No Myth, which takes a quick look at the various themes in Greek mythology, along with an overview of the stories of the Titans, the gods, and the various heroes.

As far as features go, the Blu-ray 3D release of Immortals offers a pretty wide variety. None are extremely in-depth (which could be either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your interest and attention span), but thereís a little bit of something for any interest. So if you need a little downtime after experiencing the filmís eye-popping 3D effects, take a few minutes to browse through the extras.

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