Film Review: Immortals
Published: Monday, November 21, 2011
Updated: Monday, November 21, 2011 21:11
"Immortals" is the latest in the Greek mythology genre and is quite the visual eye candy. The film's mastery of combining fast and slow motion like the first scene in "300," has certainly set the bar for fight sequences of the future.
The movie's plot follows the desires of Mad King Hyperion who wishes to release the titans in an attempt to equalize himself with the gods while his polar opposite, Theseus, plays the reluctant hero. This film attempts to display some sort of correlation between ancient Greek statues & Abercrombie's worship of the abdominal muscle. Unfortunately the film's overall acting ability was non-existent and more attention was paid to pretty faces.
Mickey Rourke plays King Hyperion, paralleling his recent type casting as a villain. In the film, Rourke does his best "Dark Knight" impression but it ends up sounding forced. His overall performance comes off like a typical 90's B-movie villain, as Hyperion tends to have a plethora of over dramatized monologues that end in him doing something evil which attempts to contrast how "bad" the bad guys in this world are with how "good" the good guys are.
"Immortals" also features a hero who yells things like "nooo!" in times of distress.
Fortunately, the movie's 3D nature provides for a much needed depth to the film, absent from the characters.
With a film like this, a willing suspension of disbelief is required in that we enjoy the film for what it is and not what it could have been.
The film was innovative in that their choice of the character that played Zeus was not of traditional Nordic features, which is how Zeus is usually portrayed in modern cinema. Instead, the actor chosen had a Mediterranean features, or for the more visually orientated, an Orlando Bloom copy with a slightly more masculine face.
The film's architectural feats were truly of note, as the settings had an uncanny similarity to scenes created by the surrealistic artist, Salvador Dali. Lovers of Tarsem Singh's "The Fall" would absolutely love this movie as it's the same director and can be considered another triumph in post modern surrealism.
Man and women alike have equal cause to see this film, just be sure to bring grains of salt.