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November 17, 2011

'Immortals' offers bland acting, zero humor

"Immortals" doesn't have much of a story, its acting is bland, and it lacks any sense of humor, but if what you seek is exploding zombie Titan heads, well, this is the movie for you.

A step down from the spectacularly cheesy fun of "300," "Immortals" is not without its own charm. It's visually striking, unquestionably, and it packs in extra helpings of senseless graphic violence.

Director Tarsem Singh is betting that style will trump substance, but it's a wager he doesn't quite win.

An extremely fractured retelling of Greek mythology, "Immortals" is the story of Theseus, a well-chiseled human who has been manipulated by Zeus, the king of the Gods.

Played by Henry Cavill (who will be the new face of Superman when "Man of Steel" is released), Theseus and his abs of steel are destined to challenge the sadistic King Hyperion, who is storming across Greece in search of a magic bow that can release the Titans and overthrow the gods.

Mickey Rourke appears to have a grand time chewing up the scenery as the scheming and casually brutal Hyperion. He's over the top, but sort of fun as he dishes out creative punishment.

Freida Pinto is less interesting as the love interest of Theseus, an all-knowing virgin oracle who doesn't seem to take her vows too seriously.

Luke Evans ("Clash of the Titans") has his moments as the volatile Zeus, and John Hurt adds a little substance as an old man who guides Theseus.

"Immortals" is often brutal — including a castration scene that no one should really ever watch; ouch — and there are some spectacular fight sequences, particularly when the gods and the undead-ish Titans clash, in acrobatic Samurai-warrior fashion.

Unfortunately, the story surrounding the action is largely lifeless and unemotional. The film is shown in 3-D, but the effects really only add value in a couple of scenes.

Rental Recommendation: See a much better version of Freida Pinto in Oscar winner "Slumdog Millionaire." Rated: A

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