Moral Messages in a Pagan Time
Release Date: November 11, 2011
Starring: Moral Messages in a Pagan Time
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Relativity Media
Director: Tarsem Singh
Executive Producer: Jason Felts, Rene Rigal,
Tucker Tooley, Tommy Turtle,
Jeff G. Waxman
Producer: Mark Canton, Ryan Kavanaugh,
Writer: Charley Parlapanides, Vlas
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A humble man named Theseus is thrust into the middle of an epic war against the evil King Hyperion (Rourke) after his mother is slain before his eyes by the king’s evil forces. The movie then follows Theseus and Hyperion as they compete to find a magical bow and arrow that can help whoever possesses it win any battle.
Theseus forms a ragtag band of fellow prisoners as he escapes captivity and takes a female oracle under his care for protection from the evil forces. He and his company find themselves in one exciting yet bloody battle sequence after another, climaxing with a final battle for the walls of a mountain fortress. This final battle takes place after a thrilling, well-executed speech by Theseus that helps the movie transcend the mediocre writing in some mainstream action films these days.
IMMORTALS has a unique visual look. Its use of 3D effects is also vastly superior to most films employing the technique. It comes from the producers of “300,” which turned human characters into near-cartoons via striking visual effects, yet reigns in the effects here enough to keep everyone distinctly real amid all the stunning settings and battle footage. The only artistic downside of the movie on a quality level is that at some moments, it’s hard to follow the characters distinctively amid all the mayhem.
Of course, the story is set in mythical Greek times, so there are references to Greek gods and other mythological beings and creatures. The best part is the character arch that the hero undergoes. The hero learns to take moral responsibility in his own life and as a leader of his people. Throughout the movie, mentors and gods speak to him. They inspire him to boldly fight evil and stand up for what is right, no matter the cost to himself. This culminates in a rousing speech in the tradition of classic films like SPARTACUS and BRAVEHEART as he rallies his forces to fight evil at all costs before the final battle.
This positive content, however, is marred by excessive violence and some sexual elements and brief nudity in one scene. Thus, the movie gets an R rating from the Hollywood establishment and a Minus 3 from MOVIEGUIDE®. Because of this gratuitous content, IMMORTALS will have an unnecessarily tough time competing with this holiday season’s family movies.
IMMORTALS is exciting and visually stunning. The story is set in mythical Greek times, so there are references to Greek gods and other mythological beings and creatures. That said, the hero learns to take moral responsibility in his own life and as a leader of his people. Throughout the movie, mentors and gods inspire him to fight evil and stand up to do the right thing, no matter the cost to himself. This positive content, however, is marred by a gratuitous level of excessive R-rated violence and some sexual elements and brief nudity in one scene.