Immortals: An Epic Tale of Good vs. Evil


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Theseus has witnessed Hyperion’s uncompromising evil firsthand. He warns his king Cassander to “seal the gates and prepare for war.” But Cassander clings to his smug certainty that, as the bumper sticker says, “war is not the answer” and that “negotiations and reason” will prevail – a stance that sounds admirable in theory but is viable only if one’s enemy is committed to the same ideals. Unfortunately for Cassander, war is precisely the answer to everything for Hyperion and his killers. He insists on being reasonable and offering to negotiate right up to the very second that Hyperion wordlessly relieves him of his clueless head.

In the face of Hyperion’s army, Cassander’s warriors lose heart and panic. It takes a rousing speech from Theseus about what it is they are fighting for to inspire them to arms. An epic clash ensues. In the process of his path from peasant to legend, Theseus finds his religious faith and proves that even peasants can earn honor and immortality through their righteous deeds.

This is no children’s movie with cartoonish, bloodless violence. It’s disturbingly dark and the violence is sometimes cringe-inducing. There is copious bloodletting and more impalings, beheadings, throat slittings, exploding heads, eye-gougings, and full-body cleavings than one can count. “War,” as John Stuart Mill put it, “is an ugly thing.”

But not the ugliest of things. Immortals comes from the producers of 300, the epic retelling of the famed tiny force of ancient Spartans who perished to the last man defending a narrow mountain pass against an overwhelmingly larger force of invading Persians. The debt this new film owes to 300 is significant, not only visually but thematically. Their message is that we must stand ready to be righteous warriors in defense of our families, our homes, and our way of life, and that dialogue and negotiation with evil is suicide. As Mill famously wrote:

The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

Considering the challenges that we in the democratic West face from enemies within and without, Theseus’ call to arms in Immortals is as relevant today as at any time in history.

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  • Asher

    This should be another Block Buster. The 300 inspired people because Brave King Leonidis and the 300 Spartans stood for Freedom and Died for Freedom….It cannot be bought, it has to be fought for, Bravery, skill, and Valor are continually popular and will never be forgotten, it motivates people to Victory!

  • Celestine

    Oh please, "Immortals" is one of the worst movies I've seen in years. Any "good versus evil" message is lost in the terrible production values (the frequently dropped Bow of Epirus looks much like my daughter's take down recurve bow painted black and decorated with sequins; Theseus' chopping wood with what obviously is a rubber ax, and on and on until you want to scream.) I'm not sure who the title "Immortals" refers to because the Olympian gods in their absurd hats are dropping like flies throughout the movie. The plot is nonsense pure and simple. Only my great sense of inertia kept me in the theater to the silly conclusion. People, save your money.

    • http://marktapson.blogspot.com MarkTapson

      I have my issues with the production values too, and the look of it. It's no 300, and definitely no Gladiator. But since this isn't technically a review, I didn't touch on things like that or the acting or the music, etc.. I disagree though, that the message gets lost, and the message is what I'm touting about this movie.

      • Hyperion

        It's the worst movie I have seen in years.

        The plot is stupid and has a lot of holes.

  • flyingtiger

    War is not the answer? "Tell that to the Founding Fathers of Carthage!" R.A. Heinlein.

  • MethanP

    It's nice to see some right makes might again. Remember what Hollywood did to "The Day the Earth Stood Still"? I haven't seen this particular film but I am sick and tired of all the PC comming from Hollywood. How many have seen "Rendition" or "Solaris".
    Hollywood USED to stand for something!

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Hollywood stands for box office receipts and anti-American and anti-Israeli
    propaganda. Given enough time in American government schools the future
    generations will be sure Hitler was and American President and Christians
    were his army who were destroyed by Jewish delicatessen owners that
    sold poisoned bagles and locks. Hollywood will then go on to make more
    movies demanding revenge against the Israeli demoniacs.

    I thought I saw this in the "60's in a poorly translated Italian flick but maybe
    it is updated to reflect today's political realities…………………….William

    • Questions

      A little presumptuous, aren't we? Projecting motive onto someone else always has been a risky venture, but when statements like yours involve this level of stupidity, it's not so much risk as sanity that's in question.

  • Questions

    Hollywood was never as "patriotic" as people like you imagine. In any event, the summer of 2011 produced the most domestic revenues in Hollywood history. And TV and movie combined revenues since 2005 are up by $14 billion. So even on commercial never mind artistic grounds, you're out to lunch.