Director: Tarsem Singh
Stars: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Stephen Dorff
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.
What I thought of it:
The best way I can think to sum this up is that it’s like a cross between 300 and Troy, unfortunately there’s not much there to hold interest while watching. Yes, we have the class act that is John Hurt to add gravitas, newly lauded Rourke to kick butt, and Cavill’s rather lovely bared chest to act as eye candy (so sue me – he’s gorgeous and I liked him from the first moment I saw him in The Tudors), all wrapped up in Greek mythology. It should have been great. It should have been better than great – it should have been freakin’ awesome, and that’s what the trailers all seemed to promise. Unfortunately, the film itself fails to live up to that promise on an epic scale. A wafer-thin plot and minimal writing cannot be overcome even by the greatest acting, superb action sequences, or Henry Cavill’s particularly ogle-worthy chest.
My hubby’s review HERE.