Director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall), along with the producers of 300, brings another highly visual spectacle to the cinema with his latest offering entitled Immortals.
Starring an amazing amalgamate cast including:
- Henry Cavill (who is cast as Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming reboot Man of Steel)
- Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, The Expendables)
- Freida Pinto (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Slumdog Millionaire)
- Stephen Dorff (Blade, Somewhere)
- Luke Evans (The Three Musketeers, Clash of the Titans)
- John Hurt (V for Vendetta, Alien)
Being referred to as a mixture of 300 and Clash of the Titans, Immortals definitely grabs the attention of “swords and sandals movie” lovers. (Phrase coined and borrowed from my friend Ruth over at Flixchatter). But, does the film meet up to the expectations and hype from riding on the coattails of the afore-mentioned films? Is it more like the disappointing Clash of the Titans, or is it amazingly epic like the tale of 300?
Check out the trailer:
Visually, Immortals is STUNNING and AMAZING! The battle scenes rival that of Gladiator, 300, and other such films! The sequences being rather Zack Snyder-ish of sorts (think of Sucker Punch, Watchmen, and…well, 300). Refreshing to see an appropriate use of slow-mo in order to understand and clearly see what is taking place (unlike Transformers 1 & 2.) Singh actually shot each fight scene 3 times in order to make them the quality that they are. Once with the actors, once without the actors, and once with CGI in order to allow for the slo-mo with simultaneous real-time background action, and to make for better fluidity in motion and 3D. It worked well.
The wardrobe in the film also adds to the beauty of the visual effects. Some may find the costumes to be distracting (especially when it comes to the gods of Olympus), however, I found them to be an amazing addition to the unique storytelling. Yes, some of it was a little cheesy (A minotaur [?] that is just a warrior in a barbed-wire helmet with horns, and some of King Hyperion’s, shall we say, interesting head gear), but all in all a visual delight.
So, YES. Visually, the film is outstanding and the action is heart-pounding. But story-wise and Greek mythology-wise, Immortals is lacking. A different spin on a tale told several times over would have benefited from further background detail of the gods, the titans, and several of the other characters of mythological fame. While Rourke, Cavill, and Evans, specifically performed the best in their respective roles as King Hyperion, Theseus, and Zeus, the film would’ve been better developing more of where they came from since the story itself does not stay completely true to the tales of Greek mythology. I’m not complaining about the deviation. Changing a few things here and there can be beneficial, as long as the explanation/history remains. Showcasing some of the characters’ backgrounds would definitely have strengthened the reason for their varying resolves in their individual storylines.
Oh! I have to mention Henry Cavill’s accent that made its way into the movie halfway through and then disappeared in the end again. Especially during his stirring speech rounding up the troops that, unfortunately, pales in comparison to King Leonidas’ or William Wallace’s. I like his acting, but I sure hope he doesn’t go back and forth with his accent in Man of Steel.
Immortals: Bloody, gory, full of action and innovative filming! A visual feast full of eye candy for the guys, girls, and action-junkies. Love it for what it is! A film that blends the power of the gods and the power of the sword and brings them together for a fun time period action flick of passion and plight! In the library of “sword and sandal” movies, Immortals Lives On as one of the better ones! Although, seeing it in 3D is almost completely unnecessary.
Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!
–TheSp1der’s Score: 3 out of 5 stars for “Immortals”
…And in light of my love of movie soundtracks, I must pay tribute to the great soundtrack by Trevor Morris who also composed the score for productions such as The Pillars of the Earth (tv series), The Tudors (tv series), Kings (tv series), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (additional music), The Island (additional music), King Arthur (additional music) and The Borgias (tv series). Very appropriate and very well done!
For a fun review of equally epic proportions, check out the review for Immortals over at Fogs’ Movie Reviews.
up next: “Trailer Time Thursday!”