‘Immortals’ with Henry Cavill lacked punch: DVD review

shirtless henry cavill as theseus in immortals movieWhen it comes to action movies, especially Greek mythology-related ones, it is pretty easy to please me. I love sword fighting just as much as a 10 year old boy, and then add some gorgeous women and a scantily clad Henry Cavill, then I should in theory be set up for a very enjoyable movie.

Well, at least the Henry Cavill part is about right.

Let’s first consider the fact that most movies about Greek mythology pretty much tend to change part of the plot, whether it’s for some theatrical effect the director is going for, or to keep current audiences interested and not confused, or somewhere in between. But if you’re anything like me, you don’t really care if the movie stayed as true as possible to the “original” story, then you might be slightly less disappointed.

What’s the movie about?

The movie in summary goes like this: Theseus (Henry Cavill) is a bastard peasant mortal who was chosen by Zeus (Luke Evans) to be the one to save mankind. Zeus had cloaked himself as an old man who took Theseus under his wings when he was a young boy and trained him to be a fighter.

King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke), in an effort to free the Titans from the prison in Tartarus, seeks the Eperius Bow, and kills and enslaves men and women as he overtakes villages in his journey. Along the way, he kills Theseus’s mother in front of his own eyes, in which then Theseus sets his heart on avenging his mother’s death.

Along the way, he befriends the oracle priestess, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), who then informs Theseus that he is the one chosen by the gods to go against Hyperion, and she then leads him on a journey to seek out the bow. Skipping to the end, let’s just say that all ends happily ever after… or is it?

Tell me about the hot people

henry cavill as theseus, freida pinto as phaedra the oracle, stephen dorff in immortals movieAside from the story of Theseus being fudged a bit, let’s start with the cast and characters. Cavill does a pretty vanilla job as Theseus, but it’s more Theseus that’s the problem. In all of the fights (which is about 80% of the movie, seriously), Theseus comes away a bit too cleanly, and his last battle is far from epic. Rourke is an interestingly amazing man, but his play as Hyperion was a little too overboard, as his dialogue is scuffled by his consistent mumbling and monotonous intonation. Evans does a great job acting as Zeus, although physically he doesn’t exactly embody who we necessarily see as the typical Zeus, which could be a good thing if we’re wanting to freshen up the screenplay anyway. The others do their job well, but in the end, no one really shined or was memorable.

In terms of art direction, everything seemed to be a little bit dull. From the costume styling to the environment, there was really nothing that gave the film any kind of elegance or vivacity. There is one exception, and it’s the suiting of the Gods, with their illustrious golden shimmer, which was actually the only redeeming factor in the last fight scene. And as for the environment? What a dull, boring place Ancient Greece must have been if it’s nothing but brown dusty mountains and large fields of sand.

What about the actual DVD?

Oh, the poor DVD. In some cases, a fairly lackluster movie can be saved with a DVD packed with goodies to entertain us in ways where the movie failed to deliver. But unfortunately, this DVD had absolutely nothing. Well, not quite nothing, but all it has is some very uninteresting deleted scenes (with, surprise, more fight scenes), and a short educational film “It’s No Myth.” I’m all for learning more about the Greek mythological world, but it was short, and it needed more.

I really was hoping that when I received this DVD, I would be introduced to more aspects of the film and story, and then maybe I’d appreciate the film more. It didn’t happen. I also hoped that at least the quality of the movie would make up for it, but no screen is big enough to help it. For a price of $19.99 on Amazon, I suggest you save your money.

Last thoughts

Honestly, had I watched the movie with no sound, I’d probably enjoy it just as much. Hopefully Cavill will be redeemed in his upcoming role as Superman in Man of Steel.


Movie Grade: C+

DVD Grade: D

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