That being said, I’ll move on to other aspects of the film like the mythology. It’s been quite a few years since I studied mythology, but when I did study it, it was one of my favourite subjects in school. I know that I’m a little rusty, but from what I remember, IMMORTALS really butchers the source material. It basically just takes figures from mythology that could work for the film and then tweaked them to fit in. It’s kind of like a “based on a true story… only the facts have been changed” sort of deal.
I think the major issues that I have with the movie lie with the aforementioned mythology as well as in some of the fight scenes. A lot of the motions and the actions in those scenes just seem way too choreographed and kind of take you out of the scene. Someone ducks a little too neatly, a swipe of the sword is a little too practiced or a battle is won a bit too effortlessly. That said, the acting isn’t necessarily bad… it’s not good, but I think they’re all doing the best that they can with the dialogue they’ve been given.
Caravaggio Meets Fight Club: Tarsem’s Vision: In this feature, Tarsem Singh and the cast and crew discuss how the film came to be and what exactly they were hoping to achieve. I liked this feature because after watching the movie I had to scratch my head and wonder if Singh was even remotely familiar with the mythology he was borrowing from for his characters. However, he openly admits to turning the actual myths into something of his own and it made me appreciate the film a little bit more knowing that he wasn’t trying to directly adapt the myths themselves.
This feature also deals with a few other aspects of the film like giving us a glimpse into how the special effects were created for IMMORTALS. I also enjoyed this aspect since they’re not just talking about the effects, they’re also taking the time to explain how they build everything and make it look so realistic. Additionally, the creation of the score is discussed for those interested in how that comes together.
Alternate Opening: The alternate opening for the film is pretty well the same as the original with the exception of one part which featured Freida Pinto’s character, which has been replaced with the exact same scene but with a younger actress playing young Phaedra. After which a new scene is added in with young Theseus, but it was cut out for obvious reasons, as the version they decided to stick with was significantly stronger. The alternate version does, however, explain Theseus’ relationship with his mother a little better.
Alternate Endings: There are two alternate endings here and the first one, titled This Is Our Last Embrace, I felt was actually stronger than the original ending that was chosen for the film.. The second alternate ending is simply titled Theseus Kills Hyperion and it was definitely the weaker of the endings and cut out for a reason. Not really worth checking out unless you’re just curious.
Deleted Scenes: Like most deleted scene features, after watching them I felt like some of them really should’ve been left in to help explain the story better, but most of them were cut out for good reason.
Immortals: Gods & Heroes Graphic Novel: This is one of the cooler features I’ve seen. Archaia Comics have come together to create an IMMORTALS graphic novel. It’s included with the Blu-ray, not as a physical book, but as a digital book that you can read on your TV. It’s pretty well done with some exceptional art and definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of comics.
Again, if you take the film at face value and try not to take it too seriously, it’s pretty damn enjoyable. If you’re going into this looking for something true to the mythology and legends and all that, IMMORTALS is most definitely not for you. I do think everyone should check out the exceptional beauty of the film, but as mentioned it doesn’t necessarily make the film worth owning.