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Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens the land. Mad with power, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares. Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time and thirst for revenge. In the king's hands, the bow would rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man's conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion...until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope. Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save his people from Hyperion and his hordes. Rallying a band of fellow outsiders - including visionary priestess Phaedra (Freida Pinto) ... Written by
When the project was set-up, the financing was still being negotiated even though filming was set to begin just 6 months down the line. Lead star Henry Cavill straight-away began his intense training regimen for the film even though the producers said that they did not have money for the trainers yet. Cavill elected to pay the trainers out of his own pocket until funding could be acquired and continued training. 6 months later as the filming date approached, the producers told him that the financing had fallen through and that he should stop training so Cavill stopped his physical prep then. Six months later the producers told him that they had now acquired alternate financing and that he should start training again and so Cavill set out to achieve the required physique for the character a second time only for the financing to fell through yet again! The producers again asked him to stop for the moment. After some time the producers finally acquired concrete financing and when they called Cavill the third time to tell him to start his training, they realized that he had not stopped since the last time and had maintained his physique and was already ready to start filming. They said that Cavill effectively ended up building his body three times over three separate 6 month periods for this role before filming finally began and they saw this as the best demonstration of his commitment to the role and the movie. See more »
As the men of Greece charge through the wall to engage Hyperion's men, just before they meet under the wall, the men already have bloody swords. See more »
It's not living as such that's important, Theseus. It's living rightly.
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The plot felt like something written the night before a deadline by someone who once heard about Greek myths several years ago, but hasn't done any research on them. Certain aspects of the scenery were obviously chosen because they look sorta Greek, with no thought of checking with an ancient historian. The characters are boring and one-dimensional. The suggestion that the characters were based on Greek myths is laughable. The whole film looks like it was filmed in sepia - but for the pretty golden gods, the shiny silvery plastic breastplates and the unlikely blue cloaks - I can only assume in an effort to look gritty and interesting. Someone on the design team seems rather obsessed with stupid-looking hats too: gods and mortals alike provoked laughter over their headwear. The overall message of the film seemed to be a very American one: atheists are evil/stupid and faith in the gods/God is the only way of winning. Also apparently negotiation is pointless. Overall, the the film was a mess - badly plotted, with a see-through message, full of anachronisms and just dull. It tried to hard and fell short.
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