Immortals 2011

Immortals

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The melding of real sets, CG work, and Tarsem's signature style produces fireworks, though the same can't be said for Immortals slack, boring storytelling.

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Power-hungry King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his ruthless army march across Greece, leaving burned-out villages and the corpses of the innocent in their wake. Hyperion's goal is to find the long-lost Bow of Epirus; with this invincible weapon, he can cast the gods out of Mount Olympus and become master of the world. A stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) heeds the words of the sibylline oracle (Freida Pinto), who convinces him that he is the key to stopping the bloodthirsty king.

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  • Jul 26, 2020
    Everyone talks about how Immortals is a 300 ripoff, and don't get me wrong, it absolutely is, but I haven't yet seen anyone talk about how it's also a bit of a God of War ripoff. I'm actually quite fond of historically-set mythology films, but I don't believe the problem with Immortals isn't the setting or the genre, it's the motivation behind its being made the way it was. The 300 movie exists to be an adaptation of the 300 comic book, the Immortals movie exists because the 300 movie made money. (Don't get me wrong, I know that the real motivation behind both these, and of any other studio film, is money. But someone involved somewhere has to want more from their movie than that. And Immortals doesn't give me the vibe that anyone did). I can handle Immortals doing what 300 does. Hell, if enough people rip an idea off over a long enough period of time, in movies, we call that a genre. My issue is that it only exists to do what 300 did, yet it does all of it so much worse. There are maybe two fights in Immortals that last for longer than 30 seconds, even with all that slow-mo stretching the runtime, and neither are filmed as well as the ones in 300. It's nowhere near as fun, it's not superior in any technical category, it's harder to tell what the fuck is going on. Even the acting, which is NOT 300's strong suit, is worse here than it is there. There were maybe flashes where you could glimpse a cohesive idea that desired to form, but it never even got close.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2013
    Visually stunning, but not the best storytelling.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2013
    "Immortals" starts with the virgin oracle Phaedra(Freida Pinto) having nightmares. You know, the one with Hyperion(Mickey Rourke) using a magic bow to free the titans and ruining everybody's day. Theseus(Henry Cavill) has problems of his own, what with an invading horde on its way and he and his mother(Anne Day-Jones) being relegated to second class refugees, just because nobody knows who his father is. Meanwhile, Zeus(Luke Evans) warns his fellow gods not to directly interfere in the lives of mortals, but if they still want to mess with their heads behind the scenes, be his guest... Tarsem Singh is one of those divisive directors whose films you either love or wish he would take up Nascar racing. For the record, I'm in the former camp, especially regarding "The Cell" and "The Fall." But sadly, with his film "Immortals," I'm sad to report that I have to fall on the negative side of the equation for once. In this case, even his visuals, usually his calling card and strong suit, fail to impress for once in a movie that is strangely talky at times. Maybe the problem comes from trying to actualize somebody else's world, instead of having the freedom to create a new world from scratch, which in this case is the world of Greek mythology which everybody recently has taken deadly seriously unlike, mind the nostalgia, in the good old days where it seemed like a lot more fun where the characters could still be larger than life and the special effects. And it is probably no coincidence that this movie stops being entertaining the moment John Hurt makes an early exit.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2012
    I really have no idea what to make of this movie whatsoever. I mean it's not good. First things first, and this is what pissed me off the most. I saw this movie on DVD and the picture brightness was fucking terrible. There were a lot of scenes where it was so dark that I LITERALLY couldn't see ANYTHING. I had no idea what was going on or who was on screen. If it had been a few scenes here and there then it'd have been OK, still bad but I wouldn't have minded as much. But I'd say that I couldn't see about 40% of what actually happened on screen and that is completely unacceptable. I have no idea if it was the same watching in the theaters, so I can't say whether the movie was too dark to begin with, but whoever did the transfer to DVD did a fucking awful job at it. Which brings me to the other negative, which I think would be related to the brightness issues. I don't know if it was just me but I felt that with the way the story was presented I just kind of zoned out and didn't really pay attention. I don't know if I should blame the script for not doing a good enough job at explaining what was going on and WHY it was happening or the darkness of the scenes just took me out of the story right from the very beginning. but I just simply didn't care. Really...what was the movie about??? I mean really? Gods, titans, bows, Mickey Rourke trying to act bad-ass, holy wars...yes it involves all of these aspects but how they all fit together? Well I have no fucking idea. If you like your movies to be one of those annoying 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles that take so long you don't even want to bother finish them, then this is the movie for you. I'm sure I could've figured it out but I just didn't care and it was pretty shoddily put together by the people who wrote it, or somebody else who re-wrote it and destroyed the original script, so why should I bother? I'm sure it doesn't even compare (DUH) to whichever Greek myth, or myths, this movie is inspired by. Visually the movie is good, Tarsem Singh (and his cinematographer Brendan Galvin) have a good eye for visuals and some of the action scenes are really well shot and choreographed. Really it's just the ONE scene with the gods and titans fighting each other, but it's a good scene. Can I talk about the acting?? No, I couldn't see a lot of it so it wouldn't be fair, but Henry Cavill has good physical presence so he should be fine as the new Superman. And let me tell you, some of these costumes (mostly the hats) were utterly goofy. Especially the one that Mickey Rourke's character wore. It had like an open crab claw on top and around and down the side of his head it had like these fucking fangs, it was the most hilariously absurd hat I've ever seen. And I was supposed to take this character seriously when he was being threatening. That's not the only one, but he was the main offender. And another thing, this movie takes itself WAY too seriously. I understand it's based on Greek myth, but when the movie is like this, as in not good at all, it's even more glaring. If at least the story was intriguing I wouldn't have had a problem. So really I did NOT like this movie at all. Technically it was awful as I couldn't see a lot of the movie. The story is uninteresting and you'll pretty much have to force yourself to keep watching the movie, making it, the worst thing a movie can be, a chore. The special effects and the action scenes are fine but it really can't save a movie that was already doomed. I didn't think it was terrible, but it's never as good as it should've been.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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