Review: Immortals

Zulfiqar Ali 4 December 2011


Tarsem Singh – 15 -110 mins


Tarsem Singh’s Immortals was advertised as a typical Greek mythology movie and in many ways it is. Such movies usually have an interesting plot and great action, and this film was no exception.

Immortals portrayed a war, both literally and metaphorically. Literally, it showed the battles between Gods and Titans and between Hyperion and Theseus. These battle scenes entertain the audience with great action scenes and outstanding special effects. Metaphorically, the war raged on within Theseus as he learned to expand the horizon of his protection from just his mother to all those who were innocent and as he began to set aside his earlier beliefs and embrace the Gods. This undertone gave the movie additional depth.

Greek nuances were slipped in for additional flavour. The discrimination against Theseus for being a peasant brought to mind the atrocities that peasants must have faced not too long ago. The concept of honour, the obsession with immortality and the belief in a clear-cut system of ethics and belief of right and wrong was pithily encapsulated in the first dialogue, ‘All men’s souls are immortal but the souls of the righteous are both immortal and divine.’ A sense of Greek patriarchy was also created with an emphasis on the importance of men as protectors. However, the movie failed to procure my unconditional love for one reason: not enough plot. Tarsem Singh got so obsessed with special effects that he failed to make the storyline convincing. Although the basis of the movie was a Greek myth, that did not preclude the director from trying to give the story life. Thus, if one takes away the fancy effects, all that is left is an endless montage of battle scenes.

Zulfiqar Ali