Tarsem Singh (2011)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Cloned from 300 and Clash of the Titans, and loaded with po-faced CGI augmentation, director Tarsem Singh's often unintentionally hilarious Greek fantasy is camper than the rows of tents housing lead villain Mickey Rourke's army. Rourke is in full feral preen as King Hyperion, who's searching for a mythical bow to unleash caged immortal warriors capable of destroying the Gods. Can peasant Theseus (Henry Cavill), secretly mentored by Zeus (Luke Evans), aided by virgin oracle Phaedra (a one-note Freida Pinto), save humanity from Hyperion's bloodlust? Just like Singh's The Fall, the design is suitably outlandish (as defined by Rourke's lobster claw helmet) and the visuals truly striking. But all too quickly self-indulgence creeps in and the stunningly artful flair flatlines into bland elongated battle scenes crammed with empty spectacle and mindless slow-motion splatter. Although it's exceptionally silly and takes itself way too seriously, the movie will give lovers of expertly faked beefcake action their sword-and-sandal fix.


A power-mad ancient Greek king raises an army with the intention of not only conquering the known world, but using a mystical weapon to unleash the legendary titans and overthrow the gods. The immortal deities are unable to interfere directly, so select a mortal man to be their champion and defeat the tyrant. Mythological adventure, starring Henry Cavill and Mickey Rourke.

Cast & Crew

Theseus Henry Cavill
King Hyperion Mickey Rourke
Stavros Stephen Dorff
Zeus Luke Evans
Athena Isabel Lucas
Phaedra Freida Pinto
Old man John Hurt
Poseidon Kellan Lutz
Lysander Joseph Morgan
Helios Peter Stebbings
Cassander Stephen McHattie
The New Priest Mark Margolis
Director Tarsem Singh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Nov 2011