Immortals

  • Review Date: November 11, 2011
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Impressive visuals can't save brutally awful screenplay.
  • Review Date: November 11, 2011
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The entire movie is about fighting and war. One character speaks of the wisdom of knowing when to fight, but according to this movie, the answer is "all the time."

Positive role models

Theseus is something of a role model in that he's brave and strong and he's a leader, but he also never really learns anything or grows over the course of the story, and he spends most of his time fighting.

Violence

The movie starts out with heavy fantasy violence, including sword fighting, stabbing, punching, kicking, and getting pierced with flying arrows. A priest is burned alive, and a man's private parts are smashed with a giant mallet. Then, when the gods get involved, the slayings escalate, including bashed, exploding heads with chunks of skull, brain, and blood flying in all directions -- in slow motion, and in 3-D. Also, three young women are beaten and tortured off screen; viewers see the results, with the women covered in blood and writhing in pain. A mother's throat is cut in front of her son, and a monk cuts off his own tongue in order not to reveal a secret.

Sex

A sex scene with partial female nudity: Characters kiss, and the man is shirtless, already in bed. Then the woman drops her clothes, and her bottom is visible (close-up). After she lies down, a breast is visible, but in shadow. Another woman appears somewhat naked but covered in makeup, and there's some strong innuendo, including banter surrounding the Oracle's virginity.

Language

One use of "bastard" and a few uses of "whore."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Immortals is an action/fantasy movie filled with tons of fighting, violence, and blood -- all rendered even more visceral and intense in 3-D. The movie's impressive visuals and costume design are notable, but they're overshadowed by the violence, which is very, very strong, especially once the gods get involved. There's slow-motion bashing of skulls -- several at a time, with flying brain, bone, and blood -- and three young women are the victims of torture, though that particular act isn't shown onscreen (the aftermath is). There's one sex act between the hero and the heroine, with kissing and some nudity. Other movies in this genre, like 300, have been popular, and kids may want to see this, too. But it should only be for the most mature teens.

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Kids say

What's the story?

In 1228 B.C., the evil King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) seeks the Epirus Bow, a magical weapon that will give him unimaginable power and enable him to free the monstrous Titans, imprisoned since time immemorial within the rock of Mount Tartaros. The gods are powerless to intervene, but hope comes in the form of human Theseus (Henry Cavill), who's gifted in battle. Together with a beautiful oracle (Freida Pinto) and a thief (Stephen Dorff), Theseus must find a way to stop Hyperion before it's too late.

Is it any good?

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It seems as if there's no way at all to make these kinds of gladiator/barbarian/centurion battle movies any good. No matter how impressive the visuals, no matter how bloody or brutal the fighting, they're always stuck with flat dialogue, wooden acting, stiff characters, and stories with no point. That's certainly the case with IMMORTALS, despite the apparent "visionary" status of director Tarsem Singh, who's best known for his striking TV commercials and music videos, as well as two previous movies, The Cell (2000) and The Fall (2006).

The focus here is certainly on the extreme gore; the oversize, computer-generated sets; and the bizarre costumes (as well as Cavill's chiseled chest), but without a reason for any of this stuff, what's the point? Even as the explosive violence ramps up as the movie goes along, the boredom only grows greater. Some viewers might argue for a bit of "camp" value in all this, but many others won't want to bother.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's extreme violence. How does it compare to what you've seen in other action movies? In horror movies? What kind of movie violence has the most impact?

  • Do you think the filmmakers intended audiences to get a particular message from watching this movie? If so, what would it be?

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  • If you were born into a society like this, where fighting is the solution to every problem, what would you do? How would you try to live your life?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 11, 2011
DVD release date:March 6, 2012
Cast:Freida Pinto, Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke
Director:Tarsem Singh
Studio:Relativity Media
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sequences of strong bloody violence, and a scene of sexuality

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Parent Written byJacob 11 November 12, 2011
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12
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Good

Good movie!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 16 years old Written bykojitheman November 12, 2011
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17
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really good

Great movie and special effects. My rating: Strong bloody violence throughout, sexuality, and some nudity.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 16 years old Written byTip yap July 19, 2013
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15
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