Review of Immortals (2011)

23 Nov

Immortals (2011) is a fantasy/action/drama film, loosely based on the Greek mythology.

Directed by the Indian director Tarsem Singh (The Cell (2000), The Fall (2006)), who is currently working on the comedy Mirror Mirror, which doesn’t look all that good.

Written by Vlas Parlapanides (Across the Sea (1997 Short), Everything for a Reason (2000)) and Charley Parlapanides, who hasn’t written anything before.

Starring: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Stephen Dorff, John Hurt, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans and others.

As the commercials told us (as if it isn’t painfully obvious) the movie comes from the same producers as 300. Yes, the movie’s are quite similar in their tone, showing how totally awesome and slow-motioned the epic battles were. But, while 300 took some large liberties with actual history , this film is based on Greek mythology and since that basically just like religion isn’t about real events, I can forgive them bending the legends for their own needs. When the myths were created they were meant to impress people, so updating isn’t such a bad thing to do.

And yes, the writing isn’t the best thing about the movie, it seems more like the glue to hold together these expressive characters, epic imagery and cool action scenes. For some reason most of the movie takes place on various cliff-sides. It’s like if 300 had those pits scattered everywhere they go, so they could kick people in them. And you’ll probably start watching the movie mildly confused and after a while find yourself not really caring.

The movie does look beautiful. The costumes are great, sets are… well, mostly  cliff-sides, but still cool, the action scenes look like Renaissance paintings. And the R rating allowed some beautiful gore. I’ll return to the action a bit later.

The acting was great. Mickey Rourke is a really bad guy and is so intimidating, he keeps grossly eating fruits and nuts and then he might just gouge some servant’s eyes out , just because he’s angry (Greek mythology’s equivalent to Darth Vader’s force grip). Stephen Dorff is actually charismatic and fun in this, which was a surprise, I believe he’s a good actor, but quite often, he gets sucked into awful movies. This was my first encounter with Henry Cavill other than photos from Man Of Steel and he exceeded my expectations. He’s likable right from the start, but isn’t a total pacifist who just gets sucked into war against his will, he can really kick ass and kick ass he does. I’m now convinced that they’ve chosen the right man to play the next Superman. He is both physically (have you seen the photo’s of him now? Jesus, he’s huge!) suited and has some acting chops as well. Also the gods were portrayed very human and vulnerable.

So yes, the action. It was so incredibly entertaining, that I instantly forgave all the incoherent and generic plot, some of the CGI that looked bad and everything else. Every time Cavill started his perfectly choreographed fight sequences it just took my breath away. And there’s a final fight where the gods fight the CG zombie-like monsters (Titans), it’s just spectacular as the gods move at normal speed, while the titans they strike dead go into slow-motion with CG gore splattering all around. Also in the middle of the movie is a similar scene where one of the gods just comes and smashes like 20 bad guy heads with a hammer, while they are frozen in time. It is pornography for just the eyes.

So yeah, it isn’t a great movie, but it is a great looking movie. Don’t expect good drama and historical accuracy, but go into it to be entertained and you won’t be disappointed. Recommended, if you’re an action-whore.

If they painted him green he'd look like Hulk.

One Response to “Review of Immortals (2011)”

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