Greek Gods, ghastly Titans, and well-endowed humans clashes in Tarsem Singh's Immortals. Quite possibly the most stylistic action-fantasy film based on Greek mythology, Immortals hits theaters today. The Daily Zombies take a final previewing look at the film.
Yet another enormous-budgeted Hollywood action-fantasy popcorn blockbuster based on Greek mythology? When it comes to the subject matter, we do have our reservation, especially given how last year's soul-crushing remake of the classic Clash of the Titans directed by Louis Leterrier. Now the question would be: Will Universal Pictures and Relativity Media's upcoming 3D action-fantasy, Immortal, fare any better?
For now, our answer to that is surprisingly somewhat uplifting, though not quite a resounding yes. To begin with, Immortals struck us as something more than the standard popcorn blockbuster the likes of, say, Clash of the Titans.
The pedigree of director Tarsem Singh is in itself a worthy component in this complex art of film-marketability. Having first astonished us in 2000's The Cell and 2006's The Fall, the visionary filmmaker can at the very least, deliver some signature killer visuals we have come to expect from him.
In an interview with Empire before the shooting commenced, Tarsem revealed his inspiration behind the visuals of the film:
"It’s turning into, basically, Caravaggio meets Fight Club. It’s a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style. I want to see how that goes; it’s turned into something really cool. This guy who I really love, who’s the only one person in it right now, is the brother in The Tudors, Henry Cavill. I’m going for a very contemporary look on top of that so I’m kind of going with, you know, Renaissance time with electricity. So it’s a bit like Baz Luhrman doing Romeo + Juliet in Mexico; it’s just talking a particular Greek tale and half contemporising it and telling it."
Caravaggio meets Fight Club? We are sold on that already. The choice of having the entire Greek pantheon of Gods in their youth is also an inspired decision that takes a sharp depart from every movies that are based on a Greek fable before us. For those who have not had the chance to catch the trailers from the film, here's a very intriguing look at a grisly yet gorgeous battle scene pitting the Gods against a horde of demon-like army.
While we are not a fan of the plot of the film based on the official synopsis provided, let's hope the stunning visuals are awesome enough to enhance the relatively mundane zero-to-hero element of the film. Starring the upcoming Superman, Henry Cavill, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Kellan Lutz, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Stephen Dorff, and Freida Pinto, Immortals will be released in 2D and in 3-D (via the Real D 3D and Digital 3D formats) tonight (November 11th).
Here's the final trailer of the film, followed by two of the previous trailers.
Here are some clips and featurette from the film.
The latest poster for the film.
And here are the previously featured set of character posters.
Set stills from the film.
Here’s the official synopsis of the film:
Visionary director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) transports us in this epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny in Immortals, a stylish and visually spectacular 3D action adventure. As a power-hungry 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 rampage 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 his mother, who was killed in one of Hyperion’s brutal 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. Immortals is produced by Gianni Nunnari (300), Mark Canton (300) and Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter).
In collaboration with the film, Archaia Studios Press has released a graphic novel based on the film early last month. Entitled Immortals: Gods and Heroes, the anthology is divided into two sections, namely, "Gods" and "Heroes." Collecting stories by creators such as Justin Gray, Jock, Ron Marz, Jim McCann, Ben McCool, Jimmy Palmiotti, Trevor Hairsine, Scott Hampton, Phil Hester, Ben Templesmith, and David Mack, who illustrated the cover to the book.
Take a sneak peek at the graphic novel with the video introduction right afterthe jump, followed by a brief preview of the book courtesy of iO9.
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