Immortals (2011 film)

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File:Immortals poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Tarsem Singh
Produced by
Written by
  • Vlas Parlapanides
  • Charley Parlapanides
Music by Trevor Morris
Cinematography Brendan Galvin
Edited by
  • Wyatt Jones
  • Stuart Levy
Distributed by Relativity Media
Release dates
  • November 11, 2011 (2011-11-11)
Running time
110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million[1]
Box office $226.9 million[1]

Immortals is a 2011 American fantasy film directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, and Mickey Rourke.[2] The film also stars Luke Evans, Steve Byers, Kellan Lutz, Joseph Morgan, Stephen Dorff, Daniel Sharman, Alan van Sprang, Isabel Lucas, Corey Sevier, and John Hurt. The film was previously named Dawn of War and War of the Gods before being officially named Immortals, and is loosely based on the Greek myths of Theseus and the Minotaur and the Titanomachy.

Principal photography started on April 5, 2010 in Montreal, and the film was released in 2D and in 3D (using the Real D 3D and Digital 3D formats) on November 11, 2011 by Universal Pictures and Relativity Media.[3]


Before the dawn of man or beast, immortals waged war against each other in Heaven. The victors declared themselves gods while the vanquished were renamed the Titans and imprisoned beneath Mount Tartarus. The Epirus Bow, a weapon of immense power, was lost on Earth during the war. In 1228 B.C., the mortal king Hyperion[4] (Mickey Rourke) of Heraklion searches for the bow, intending to use it to release the Titans to get revenge on the gods for failing to save his family. Hyperion captures the virgin oracle Phaedra (Freida Pinto), believing that she can use her visions to find the Epirus Bow's resting place.

In a small village nearby, the inhabitants prepare to flee to Mount Tartarus to avoid Hyperion's army. One inhabitant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) is a skilled warrior trained by his mentor, a mysterious old man (John Hurt). Theseus and his mother Aethra (Anne Day-Jones), considered undesirables because Theseus was born from Aethra being raped, are forced to stay behind by Athenian soldiers including Lysander (Joseph Morgan). Theseus ably battles multiple opponents until the Athenian officer Helios (Peter Stebbings) intervenes and discharges Lysander from the army for his actions. Lysander travels to Hyperion, offering his service and the village's location. Hyperion accepts, but hammers Lysander's testicles for being a traitor. Hyperion's forces attack Theseus's village, murdering the villagers and Aethra, and taking Theseus captive.

The old man is revealed to be Zeus (Luke Evans) where he meets with his fellow gods Athena (Isabel Lucas), Poseidon (Kellan Lutz), Ares (Daniel Sharman), Apollo (Corey Sevier), and Heracles (Steve Byers). Zeus warns them not to interfere in mortal affairs as gods where Zeus believes that until the Titans are released, they must have faith in mankind to defeat Hyperion. Theseus is enslaved alongside the thief Stavros (Stephen Dorff). Phaedra, who is held captive nearby, sees a vision of Theseus. Phaedra organizes a riot, using the chaos to escape with Theseus, Stavros, and the other slaves. Theseus decides to pursue Hyperion and attempts to capture a boat, but he and his allies are overwhelmed by Hyperion's forces. Poseidon purposefully falls from Olympus into the ocean causing a tsunami that wipes out Hyperion's men. Phaedra sees another vision of Theseus standing near a shrouded body. She determines that Theseus must return home to bury Aethra.

While laying Aethra to rest, Theseus discovers the Epirus Bow embedded in nearby rock. He frees the Epirus Bow, but is attacked by Hyperion's henchman the Minotaur (Robert Maillet). Theseus kills the Minotaur in a labyrinth and uses the Bow to save his allies from being executed before collapsing from poisoned scratches inflicted by the Minotaur. Phaedra tends to Theseus and later falls in love with him and they make love to each other, stripping her of the visions she deemed a curse. The group returns to Phaedra's temple while Hyperion and his forces are away at Mount Tartarus. At the temple, Stavros and Theseus are lured into an ambush and Theseus loses the Epirus Bow. Outnumbered by Hyperion's men, Ares directly intervenes to save Theseus and Athena provides the men with horses to reach Mount Tartarus. Zeus arrives and angrily kills Ares for disobeying his command. Zeus tells Theseus and his allies to let Ares' killing be a warning to both the gods and them that they will receive no more help from the gods and he must justify the faith Zeus has in him alone. Before leaving with Athena, Zeus tells Theseus to prove him right. The lost Epirus Bow is brought to Hyperion.

Theseus, Stavros, and Phaedra travel to Mount Tartarus. Theseus tries in vain to warn Hellenics' King Cassander (Stephen McHattie) of Hyperion's plans, but Cassander dismisses his talk of gods as myth, intending to negotiate peace with Hyperion. The following day, Hyperion uses the Bow to destroy Mount Tartarus' seemingly indestructible gate. Theseus leads the Hellenic army to war against the Hyperion forces, killing Lysander. Hyperion ignores the battle, storms through to Mount Tartarus killing Helios and Cassander and uses the Epirus Bow to breach the mountain and free the Titans before Stavros and Theseus can stop him. The force of the release knocks the mortals down. Stavros takes the Epirus Bow and kills a Titan, but is killed by the other Titans. Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, Heracles and Apollo arrive and battle the Titans while Theseus fights Hyperion. Zeus destroys the Epirus Bow, and the gods prove more than a match for the Titans, but they are overwhelmed by their sheer numbers, with all but Zeus and Poseidon being killed. Theseus kills Hyperion and Zeus collapses Mount Tartarus on the Titans. As the mountain is collapsing, Zeus picks up Athena's body and ascends to Olympus along with a badly wounded Poseidon. The collapsing mountain wipes out Hyperion's men. The mortally wounded Theseus is also transported to Olympus for his sacrifice and given a place among the gods.

Several years later, Theseus' story has become legend and Phaedra has given birth to Theseus' son Acamas (Gage Munroe). Acamas is met by the old man who informs the child that in the future, he too will one day fight against evil. Acamas sees a vision of the sky filled with thousands of gods and Titans fighting (including Zeus and a now fully healed Poseidon) with Theseus leading the charge.


From left to right: Director Tarsem Singh and cast Luke Evans, Henry Cavill and Isabel Lucas at WonderCon 2011.


This film incorporates some elements from classical Greek myths and was filmed using 3D technology.[original research?] Director Tarsem Singh said that he was planning an action film using Renaissance painting styles. He then went on to say that the film is "Basically, Caravaggio meets Fight Club. It's a really hardcore action film done in Renaissance painting style. I want to see how that goes; it's turned into something really cool. I'm going for a very contemporary look on top of that so I'm kind of going with, you know, Renaissance time with electricity. So it's a bit like Baz Luhrmann doing Romeo + Juliet in Mexico; it's just taking a particular Greek tale and half (make it contemporary) and telling it."[12] The film had a production budget of $80 million ($75 million after tax rebates)[13] to $120 million[14] and cost "at least" $35 million to market.[15]


The score for the film was composed by Trevor Morris and has been released on 8 November 2011.

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Immortal and Divine"   1:30
2. "War in the Heavens"   2:32
3. "Hyperion's Siren"   3:47
4. "Witness Hell"   1:56
5. "To Mount Olympus"   2:54
6. "Enter the Oracles"   2:30
7. "Theseus and Phaedra"   1:37
8. "Poseidon's Leap"   1:24
9. "This Is Your Calling"   1:31
10. "Theseus Fights the Minotaur"   2:13
11. "Theseus Fires the Bow"   2:16
12. "My Own Heart"   3:03
13. "Zeus' Punishment"   2:27
14. "Ride to the Gates"   1:00
15. "In War Fathers Bury Their Sons"   1:05
16. "The Gods Chose Well"   1:18
17. "Fight So Your Name Survives"   3:07
18. "Battle in the Tunnels"   2:44
19. "Immortal Combat"   3:34
20. "Do Not Forsake Mankind"   4:33
21. "Apotheosis"   1:44
22. "Sky Fight/End Credits"   2:22


Critical reception

Immortals received mixed reviews from critics, with most of the praise directed toward the acting, visuals, action and the differences from the original myth. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 35%, based on 114 reviews, with an average rating of 5/10. The site's critical consensus states, "The melding of real sets, CG work, and Tarsem's signature style produces fireworks, though the same can't be said for Immortals' slack, boring storytelling."[16] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17] According to CinemaScore, the moviegoers gave the film was a "B" on an A+ to F scale, and a "B+" from the under-25 crowd.[18]

Several critics have praised the film. It received an honorable mention from as one of the year's best films[19] as well as making Guy Lodge's top twenty films of 2011 list on HitFlix.[20] Furthermore, it was on Toro Magazine's Top Ten list[21] as well as Glasgow To The Movies' Top Ten Films of 2011.[22] Marc Eastman, of Are You, named IMMORTALS the #3 film of 2011.[23] It also was nominated for several Saturn Awards, including Best Fantasy Film.[24]

Box office

In North America, it was released on November 11, 2011. Immortals had a $1.4 million midnight showings and then grossed a total of $14.8 million on its opening day, topping the daily box office.[25] It then finished the weekend of November 11–13, 2011 at #1 with $32.2 million, ranking as Relativity Media's biggest opening weekend to date, against newcomers J. Edgar and Jack and Jill.[26] 3D showings accounted for a substantial 66% of the weekend gross. The film's audience was 60 percent male, 75 percent under the age of 35.[18]

Outside North America, it earned $38 million overseas from 35 countries on its opening weekend. Its highest-grossing territories were Russia ($8.2 million), China ($5.7 million) and South Korea ($4.5 million).[27] The film has earned $83,504,017 in the United States and Canada and $143,400,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $226,904,017.[28]


Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2012 Saturn Awards Best Fantasy Film Immortals Nominated [29]
Best Production Design Tom Foden Nominated
Best Make Up Annick Chartier, Adrien Morot, and Nikoletta Skarlatos Nominated

Home media

Immortals was released on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and Blu-ray 3D on March 5, 2012 in the United Kingdom and on March 6, 2012 in the United States and Canada.[30] In its first week of release 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment sold more than 1.2 million units of the film[31] making it the week's #1 film in Home Entertainment.[32] It sold 648,947 DVD units for a total of $11,116,462 and 926,964 Blu-ray Disc units for a total of $21,310,902 for the week ending March 11, 2012.[33] An additional 100,000 3-D units sold totaling almost $40,000,000 in home entertainment sales in its first week of release in the US.

Other media

Archaia Press released a graphic novel tie-in. Called Immortals: Gods and Heroes, the hardcover book featured new stories that expanded on the universe established in the film.[34]


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See also

  • The brazen bull, an ancient Greek device of torture and execution, is applied in the film to the maidens of the oracle.

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