Take a gander at the latest trailer for Tarsem Singh’s “Immortals”, starring the new Superman Henry Cavill. The whole thing looks like it’s going to be a pretty inspired visual treat, but story-wise, meh, it doesn’t exactly convince you that there’s inherent greatness here. When the hero’s Big Speech leaves you just slightly bemused, I’m pretty sure that’s not the reaction they were going for. Then again, I could be wrong and the whole speech in the movie could be stirring and awe-inspiring, but from what I’m seeing here, “Immortals” looks like an extended episode of “Clash of the Titans”, only shot entirely on a soundstage with green screen and way-too-young people playing “Gods”. Henry Cavill looks like he’s got that tough guy on a mission look down, though.
Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens the land. Mad with power, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares. Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time and thirst for revenge. In the king’s hands, the bow would rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man’s conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion…until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope. Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save his people from Hyperion and his hordes. Rallying a band of fellow outsiders—including visionary priestess Phaedra (Freida Pinto) and cunning slave Stavros (Stephen Dorff)—one hero will lead the uprising, or watch his homeland fall into ruin and his Gods vanish into legend.
Co-starring Stephen Dorff, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Kellan Lutz, Joseph Morgan, Freida Pinto, John Hurt, and Mickey Rourke as the big baddie. I’d love to see a whole trailer cut around Rourke’s bad guy. He looks utterly fascinating. Dude’s taking on the Gods, after all.
The battle rages November 11, 2011.
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