Films

Immortals

November 11th 2011
  • Action/Fantasy,
  • R,
  • 110 min,
  • Relativity
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  • Cast: Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Mickey Rourke, Kellan Lutz, Isabel Lucas, John Hurt, Freida Pinto, Stephen Dorff, Joseph Morgan, Robert Maillet, Steve Byers, Stephen McHattie, Corey Sevier, Greg Bryk, Alan Van Sprang, Peter Stebbings, James A. Woods, Romano Orzari, Robert Naylor, Daniel Sharman, Gage Munroe, André Gordon, Dylan Smith, Alisha Nagarsheth, Anne Day-Jones, Aron Tomori
  • Director: Tarsem Singh
  • Writers: Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides
  • Producers: Mark Canton, Ryan Kavanaugh, Gianni Nunnari
  • Associate Producers: Jamie Marshall, Nico Soultanakis
  • Executive Producers: Jason Felts, Craig J. Flores, Tucker Tooley, Tommy Turtle, Jeff G. Waxman
  • Art Direction: Michele Laliberte
  • Castings: Andrea Kenyon, Joseph Middleton, Randi Wells
  • Costume Designs: Eiko Ishioka, Simonetta Mariano
  • D.O.P.: Brendan Galvin
  • Editors: Wyatt Jones, Stuart Levy
  • Makeup: Nikoletta Skarlatos
  • Music: Trevor Morris
  • Production Design: Tom Foden
  • Set Decorations: Jille Azis, Eve Boulonne, Elise de Blois, Marie-Soleil Dénommé

Storyline

Visionary director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and producers Gianni Nunnari (300), Mark Canton (300) and Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) unleash an epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny in Immortals, a stylish and spectacular 3-D adventure. As a power-mad king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful.

The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission.

As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Montreal, Canada
  • MPAA Warning: Sequences of strong bloody violence, and a scene of sexuality
  • Production Budget: $115 million
  • Production Companies: Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Atmosphere Entertainment MM, Hollywood Gang Productions
  • Production Schedule: 7 April 2010 - 18 June 2010

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Trivia

2011 Guide Analysis: "A few years ago, 2010 was shaping up to be the battle of ancient Greek epics with Warners $70 million "Clash of the Titans" remake and Relativity's $85 million "War of the Gods" set to duke it out. It was a race to the finishing line that 'Clash' quickly got the upper hand in when 'War' hit some major production delays. Changing its title from 'War' to "Immortals", the project didn't end up shooting until over a year after originally planned, in fact just after 'Clash' hit cinemas.

First in this race however doesn't always mean you win. Despite strong global box-office, 'Clash' was a critical fizzer and a decision to rush it through the 3D post-conversion process led to it becoming the poster child for how to do 3D badly. Even though Warners has greenlit a sequel, even those involved seem to realise how much of a dud the first one was and how it will have to seriously improve in its second outing.

"Immortals" meanwhile has calmly and quietly moved into place and could end up getting not just the financial rewards, but a smidgeon more of the critical respect that both 'Clash' and Zack Snyder's "300" failed to receive. It's helmed by Tarsem Singh who is one of the most striking visual directors working today and when given the right material, like 2006's "The Fall", he can make a great yarn.

Visually, Tarsem says the film will be "Caravaggio meets Fight Club. It’s a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style". Don't expect historical accuracy either, Tarsem floated the idea back in 2009 that the film will be partly contemporary - "Renaissance time with electricity" he calls it, much like the way Julie Taymor blended 30's-era technology into her ancient Rome-set film adaptation of "Titus Andronicus".

The lead is Henry Cavill, the rising British hunk famed for being one of the three finalists for James Bond in "Casino Royale". The other two were Daniel Craig of course, and 'Clash' lead Sam Worthington. Cavill's performance here has one advantage over Worthington's turn in 'Clash', he gets his shirt off and plenty. Sadly though, he also seems to be wearing pants (Sam was at least up for some 'up kilt camera' action).

The supporting cast includes a surprisingly young batch of Greek gods including "Tamara Drewe" piece of crumpet Luke Evans as Zeus, "Twilight" & Calvin Klein model Kellan Lutz as Poseidon, Aussie soap babe Isabel Lucas as Athena, and Corey Sevier as Apollo. Other roles consist more of seasoned veterans including Mickey Rourke, John Hurt and Stephen Dorff, while "Slumdog Millionaire" actress Freida Pinto is the female lead. Dorff recently claimed in an interview that "So much of that movie is going to be done in post-production" and so he has no idea what the final result will look like.

Though Cavill is playing Theseus, this is not an adaptation of that particular story with the labyrinth and the minotaur. Scribes Chris and Vlas Parlapanides claim the film will be an original piece that will interweave various story elements from Greek mythology against both the personal story of the main character, and the backdrop of the war between the Titans and the Olympian Gods - a setting many video gamers will be familiar with thanks to the "God of War" series.

Universal is scheduled to release the film mid-November, so we won't likely get a good glimpse at what the film will ultimately look like until a first trailer in the early Summer. I'd expect a big promotion at Comic Con in July as well."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 10 November 2011: Greece, Hungary, Lebanon, Netherlands, Russia, Slovenia
  • 11 November 2011: Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, UK
  • 15 November 2011: Armenia
  • 16 November 2011: Belgium
  • 17 November 2011: Hong Kong, Singapore
  • 23 November 2011: France
  • 24 November 2011: Australia, Portugal
  • 25 November 2011: Norway
  • 1 December 2011: Denmark, Thailand
  • 23 December 2011: Brazil, Spain