Immortals (2011): From the Producers of 300

The first trailer for Immortals was recently released, and the movie looks like it will be very entertaining. Like it says on the poster, it comes from the producers of 300, and it definitely is in that vein. When I watched the trailer I thought it seemed the product of 300, Troy, and Clash of the Titans. I think that if they managed to retain all the best aspects of those movies we might have something genuinely worth seeing come 11/11/11. We have the deadly archer possibly descended from a God, the quest he goes on to set things in balance, and the visuals to back it up.

MovieWeb has a great plot summary:

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.

I’ve always loved the concept of the Gods giving man the tools to do what they cannot or will not do. The Greek Gods tend to make for interesting movies because the stories they stem from are so human. Not only are the tales of the Gods relatable, at least in some ways, they’re compelling and incredibly intricate. Every God has a story all their own and they come to be interlaced together in some kind of grand masterpiece. That they can have children with humans to produce demigods only works to make the stories all the more grand and expand that web. The stories, all of them, are legendary. When I think of Poseidon or Zeus, I can’t help but feel invigorated with the awesome powers and abilities they were told to have. That we still know their tales and stories is proof of just how good they are. Greek mythology is confirmed to be at least 2,800 years old, and many believe the real number to be closer to 4,000. It’s incredible to think that those same stories have lasted that long thanks to written and oral traditions. In my book, any movie that touches on that amazing subject matter at least deserves a chance, and with the trailer for Immortals I know I’ll be sure to see it opening weekend.

Sources: Immortals’ Official Website, MovieWeb

3 Responses to “Immortals (2011): From the Producers of 300”
  1. Garret says:

    So down. This looks sweet!

    • Paul says:

      I enjoyed irommtals for what it was. I liked it for the action, and for the visual appeal. The lead actor did a pretty good job with what he had to work with, but I felt that the story just didn’t come together like I was hoping. But the movie ended up being just what I expected.I went in to the movie expecting to see some good action scenes. After seeing the trailer around ten times or more I knew I would enjoy the action, the slow motion sequences and the visual style in general. My friend told me that the lead actor was actually the boy in the count of monte cristo with jim caviezel. I found that bit of trivia interesting.I thought mickey rourke did well in his portrayal as the bad guy but I must admit there wasn’t a lot of depth to him(not mickey rourke’s fault). He played the ruthless tough bad guy pretty good I thought, with plenty of grunts and gruesome acts. So the build up to his show down with theseyus was pretty fun to watch. But for much of the movie he’s sitting around trying to extract information from people or giving orders to underlings.Now the gods from olympus I found very interesting. They have special powers of course and look down on events from mount olympus. In my opinion if the movie focused on the gods and their interventionb4a into human affairs it would make for a much more interesting movie. Especially considering how zeus responds to certain actions that made by others in this movie.In my opinion if you want to see some pretty cool looking action sequences, especially during the end then go see this movie. But be warned this is not an epic war movie in the vain of 300, troy or even something like kingdom of heaven. This movie will slow down, sometimes agonizingly slow. But if you like seeing movies with greek mythology(or greek mythology like elements) than you will probably enjoy this movie.Hopefully someone will come along and build off of the things that irommtals and clash of the titans does right, then we will truly be in for something special.

  2. Maximus says:

    Interesting… is the first word to come to mind when I watched that trailer. I’ve been in love with the stories of the god’s for a long time but for some reason this is one I haven’t heard. I don’t know whether or not it is a new one that was made up, or one of the ancient Greek stories that I happened to overlook, but it does look like a story worth telling. For the producers, 300 is going to be a tough act to follow, but I look forward to comparing the two.

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