Immortals (Tarsem Singh)

While Immortals presents the kind of beefcake beat-em-up brutality seen in the wildly successful 300,it’s CGI-heavy unconvincing action sequences will bore any young audience. However, stunning visuals and graphics make this a fairly entertaining fantasy epic.

Taking classical mythology to cartoonish heights, Ancient Greece is turned into a video game where we must play along.

Henry Cavill impresses as Theseus, (as does his eye-popping body, girls) playing a stonemason set on revenging his mother’s murder by the hand of evil King Hyperon (Micky Rourke). Teaming up with the virginal oracle Phaedra (Freida Pinto), and some help from slave Stavros (Stephen Dorff) and god Poseidon (Twilight’s Kellan Lutz), Theseus leads his people into battle.

As in The Fall, Singh shows his unique eye for design with perfectly polished and richly saturated scenery and set design. Each frame is coated in a golden glow, exuding extravagance.

The costumes are spectacular, designed by Eiko Ishioka, who (deservedly) won the Oscar for Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula ’92, featuring gods draped in gold capes, armour that looks like fish scales and detailed headdresses.

The ultimate sword fighting showdown is impenetrable due to the extensive use of CGI, which distances us from the mortality we are supposed to believe in. The film is a victim of post-conversion 3D, as well as severe cuts from the BBFC to give it a 15 rating, leaving little behind but a poor script and something like a 300 rip-off.

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