A scene from ImmortalsGreek mythology, and the television shows and movies it’s spawned, are filled with tales of clashes amongst the gods and gods walking the Earth, sometimes in disguise, and interacting with mortals. Immortals is a combination of these stories in the captivating style of the gladiator picture 300.

Theseus (Henry Cavill) is the bastard son of a peasant shunned by their fellow Hellenics. However, befriended by an old man (John Hurt) at a young age, he learned to be a great fighter. This is fortunate because an evil is crossing the lands. King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) seeks to unleash the gods cast out of the heavens and imprisoned on Earth. To do so, he ravages places of worship in search of the virgin oracle (Freida Pinto) who can tell him the location of the Epirus Bow – the key to unlocking the Titans’ cell. In the meantime, the gods watch as these characters collide on their paths to glory and extinction.

Screened in 3D, this movie is actually worth the additional price of the ticket – visually. The entire film simply pops. The colors are vibrant, the action exhilarating without blurring and the sets otherworldly. Not a lot of time of time is spent on sweeping landscapes; instead, audiences are treated to intricate carvings and innovative structures. The violence is somewhat surreal, though much of it takes place on the screen. However, the fantastical nature of the entire film negates any sense of reality.

The story, on the other hand, feels like too many pieces stitched together; though it’s equally difficult for one element of the story to exist without the other because they’re so intertwined. In short: Theseus is on a hero’s journey to stop the villainous Hyperion from disobeying the gods while the gods struggle with their role as observers. It may just be a case of too much conflict and drama, not enough focus; though the climax of these multiple battles at the narrative’s conclusion is both overwhelming and thrilling due to excellent editing.

It’s a bit peculiar (and somewhat distracting) that all the gods sound as if they’re British, but that is a decision with which audiences must live. Cavill does well as the brave soul who risks it all to save mankind. His big speech, though cliché, is inspiring enough even if the response is somewhat underwhelming. Rourke is capable in the role of merciless ruler, his deep raspy voice ideal to convey the hardness of the character. Pinto is little more than an ornament, apparently baring it all for a superfluous love story. Stephen Dorff has a small part as Theseus’ sidekick, providing comic relief and additional eye candy.

A picture actually worth the 3D admission is difficult to come by these days. Unfortunately, what Immortals makes up for visually, it trades off in story.

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