Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior.
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
Henry Cavill said he felt very stressed out leading up to the filming of his shirtless scenes for the movie. He would wake up every morning and look into the mirror and think "Can I still see the veins in my abs?" He said he did look good enough but felt a lot of pressure because he wanted to completely deliver on the shape Tarsem Singh had asked for (a full eight-pack of abs). See more »
Although the opening text places the movie in 1228 BC, there are numerous examples of weaponry, fashion, architecture, plumbing, design, etc., from much later time periods. It should be remembered that this movie is about fantasy, not history, so there is no attempt to recreate a specific time period accurately. The filmmakers stated that they based the look of the film on Renaissance painting styles. As long as the technologies and designs in the movie are something that existed by the 16th century, and therefore artists of that time could have conceived of it, they get a free pass and are not regarded as goofs. See more »
Good to see you're still alive. Worried that cow had gotten the best of you.
It almost did. She saved my life.
Looks like she did more than that.
[Looks down embarrassed]
Just 'cause you have that bow doesn't mean I'm going to treat you any differently.
Good. We march to the monastery.
[Turns and starts walking away]
We have a war to fight.
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If you go to this looking for an accurate representation of Greek mythology, you'll be sorely disappointed. If you go to this looking for a decent, nice looking, 300-type action film you'll enjoy it. As someone who knows a bit about classical mythology I can choose to be unbelievably annoyed by them using it as a reference for this film, as it's ridiculously inaccurate, but I'm not.
Leave your smarts/knowledge at the door, enjoy the pretty action and people, the brutal violence and Freida Pinto in the buff, and you'll hopefully feel that you got your money's worth.
That's about it.
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