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
The Gods Need a Hero
11 November 2011 (USA)
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The story is very loosely based on Greek mythology, combining elements of various myths. In the myths, Theseus was actually the founder of Athens (the capital of Greece) and son of Poseidon (Greek god of sea and Zeus' brother), a hero who killed the Minotaur (a creature with the body of a man and a head of a bull imprisoned in a labyrinth, depicted here as a man with a helmet made of wires and horns) with the help of princess Ariadne whom he later married. Hyperion was the name of one of the 12 Titans. There were only 12 titans in the myths and they were immortal and unkillable. There was a war in heavens and the Titans did lose. Zeus then threw them in Tartarus, which is not a mount(ain) but a part of the Hades (the Greek underworld with minor similarities to Hell) to dwell there for all eternity. Epirus Bow doesn't exist in any mythology, but it might be inspired by Heracle's/Hercule's bow which was used by the Greeks to beat Troy in the mythological Trojan war. The movie's character of Theseus might be partially inspired by Hercules, since Heracle's was a son of Zeus and is the only hero who got ascended to the Olympus to rule with the Gods. Phaedra was the sister of princess Ariadne, and the second wife to Theseus. She was not a seer. Acamas was the son of Phaedra and Theseus, but wasn't a seer. Theseus was murdered in his old age, but not in a battle and he did not ascend. Hoplite was the ancient Greek title for soldiers in ancient Greek states. Heraklion is a capital of the Greek island of Crete and there were never any military formations with that title. Sibyl was the ancient Greek title for prophetesses. There were twelve Olympian gods and goddesses and they were immortal and unkillable as well. See more
When Theseus takes his mother's body into the temple he cuts his right leg and walks in bare feet, but moments later when he's fighting the beast with the barbed wire helmet he has gladiator-style sandals on. He has no shoes on, on the way in deliberately to leave a trail, although not shown one can infer he had shoes with him as well by the way he followed his foot-trails on the way out as he never ventured into the maze with his mother to honor the gods prior to her death, thus would not have known the way out. See more
Hyperion's legions are gathering at Tartarus. That's where Hellenists will fall.
That future's not set.
But likely. It'll be a slaughter.
You have no faith.
That is true, Dareios. But not always. When I was just a boy, I prayed to the Gods, for a horse. The Gods never answered me. So I stole one, instead.
We're surrounded by heathens.
[Falls dead with a knife in his back