When I saw the trailer of this movie, I immediately knew that I was going to love it. Plenty of action, drama, and historical/mythological stuff, it seemed. I sat down in front of the screen with extremely high expectations. Suppose my expectations were the height of the Eiffel Tower. Then I'd say that the movie only barely reached up to a lamppost: terrible!
The movie has its positives and its negatives. Let's first talk about the positives. Some of the best violence I've ever seen in an R-Rated action/adventure film, especially in the final battle. The CG blood was incredibly realistic, and so were the various slashings, hammerings, decapitations, and stabbings (one exception would be when Hyperion decapitated the priest on his way to Tartarus). The fight between the Gods and Titans were fun to watch. I loved the slow-motion takes of the various killings: it made the action cooler. The entire kind of gold-ish colouring of the movie added to the action and scenery. The landscapes were breath-taking. I especially liked the cliffs next to the sea and villages built into them, and the images of Hyperion's Immortal army. All in all, the visuals are stunning. It's easy to see where the 100 million dollars invested in this movie went to. Unfortunately, the positives end there. Brace yourselves for the negatives. From the beginning of the movie, I wondered what was going on. What are the motivations of Theseus? His mother's brutal death, for one. But is that enough for him, a peasant with no experience in warfare or politics, to suddenly lead hundreds of thousands of soldiers to battle? Also the romance between Theseus and Phaedra: it was too hasty. I mean, they just met for a day, and they talked, and Theseus rescued Phaedra, and Phaedra healed Theseus, and this and that. Suddenly, they make love in Theseus' house: there is no convincing or even romantic development to this scene. One of the worst romances I've ever seen. Also, I was unsure who to root for. Hyperion, though a brutal killer, is driven by vengeance against the Gods for being responsible for killing his family. This to me doesn't seem to be a very evil motivation. Theseus, however, is driven only by the death of his mother at the hands of Hyperion. At first, I was even hoping that Hyperion would succeed. This displays a very weak hero and villain. And the acting. The mortals were just bearable: the performances of Cavill and Rourke were actually not bad. But by the gods, the Gods! They only looked like gods, and even that not so much (golden from head to toe???). But they couldn't act convincingly. I barely understood the story behind Theseus and Zeus. I also didn't quite get why Zeus killed Ares so angrily. It was all so muddled up! The script as well. Unbelievable dialogue, and it made the bad acting and weak story stand out even more.
To sum up, the action in this action movie was great. The scenery was awesome. But the whole movie was let down by a horrible screenplay, bad acting, almost no character development, and a confusing and unconvincing plot. The story was just plain boring, and the whole movie just pointless. I hoped I would enjoy it, but ultimately, I'll have to give it two stars out of five.