Want to see Mickey Rourke slit someone's throat while wearing a metal bunny helmet? Director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) showed some stunning, crazy, violence-packed footage from his Greek god melodrama The Immortals at WonderCon.
Singh and the cast of the Immortals unveiled the teaser trailer for the new demigod vs. god vs. Titan flick Immortals. While we're sure that Singh is going to give us a new twist on a tired Greek genre, we couldn't help but notice the crazy similarities with 300 (lots of loin cloths, oversaturated visuals, and lots and lots of grown men screaming until their neck veins popped out). But there was a lot of good stuffed in this short trailer as well. Specifically one sexy Zeus (Luke Evans) brandishing a fire whip (which the director revealed Zeus uses to whip one character to death in the film).
The film is Singh's spin on the Greek myth of Theseus (played by Henry Cavill). Zeus sends Theseus on the quest to save man from King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). Hyperion is a nasty piece of work and has been abusing his powers and the gods have had enough. Oddly, the gods can't interfere with the ways of man (hence the previously stated death by fire whipping) so it's up to Theseus to save the day.
What we saw in the quickie trailer were a lot of hyper-stylized bits (classic Singh), Theseus strumming on his light-up bow and arrow (the epirus bow?), gods punching through walls, Rourke acting like the batshit ruler he is, and lots of shirtless men thumping their swords upon their metal shields screaming while Theseus they that they should fight for their "families and their children" (we can only assume this the big "upon Saint Crispin's day" speech where the mortals fight the Titans).
If you liked Singh's past work, you're going to love this movie, just based on these painterly scenes that we saw. The only thing that the director said that did give us pause was about working with Rourke. "You don't direct Rourke," Singh admitted. He explained that he basically just let the actor do whatever he wanted within reason. Does that mean that Hyperion will have a pet cockatoo as well?
All in all, we're going to need to see some dialog to pass any sort of real judgement on this film. But the visuals were enchanting and we loved the look of both Singh's previous films. The actors are all gorgeous and supremely chiseled (Henry Cavill had a parade of women line up to ask him questions during the Q&A), but we're going to need some more meat before we can decide whether or not this is just a prettier version of 300.