'Immortals' Review By Jay.A.Ottley
A film derived and shrouded with epic hype and expectations only to greeted by opening up Pandora's Box to be presented by colossal disappointment'
The film opens up with its prologue upon the backstory of the Epirus Bow a weapon of the Gods created by the God Of War, Ares, which has the power to free the titans imprisoned in Mt Tartarus and alas King Hyperion will have his revenge. We are then introduced to Theseus, the son of a bastard and a slated whor*, but none the less a peasant touched by the Gods, destined for greatness. As the bland story, with cheesy dialogue and characters dveloped like the stature of tracing paper. It takes its form by becoming a story of revenge in a poor execution as failing a beheading, in which Theseus now a rebel and slave seeks to take revenge on his mother's killer, who is slashed and dashed left to rot in the ground before Theseus's eyes by Hyperion. But is Theseus truly destined for greatness as the Zeus and the Gods of Mt Olympus believed and the visions forseen by the Virgin Oracle...Or will Theseus's actions change his fate of the future.
Henry Cavill looks butch and is in every physical definition the perfect image of Superman alla a more chiseled and re-defined Christopher Reeve. Taking a note out of 300 and Jacob Black running around topless baring his chiseled chest, kicking the ass of any man who dare stands in his pathway. Theseus is bound by fury, wrath and surpassed with pride to not be defeated. But Cavill doesn't make this character his own and his performance is a let down because it's too stiff and wooden with no emotion which worries me if he is ready to become the man of steel.
Mickey Rourke dons as the role of King Hyperion, who is meant to be terrifying, menacing and the world fears him. But Rourke performs lays down the complete opposite, yes there are menacing sequences of flashy computer generated blood, in which his execution feels as bland as a dish with no seasoning. In mention since were on the subject of food. Don't bad-ass villains eat gigantic turkey legs and feasts fit for a king and not indulge in fruit like a savage. The extravagant head-pieces look out of place and Hyperion waltz around with a head-piece that makes him look like a walking lobster or a live action pokemon.
Frieda Pinto plays a fair and average role as the oracle, and she seems like the only decent character and she has the best shot, in which is the best shot in her tad nude sequence.
The Gods of Mt Olympus all do great with their roles and they feel like the best characters with the entire film portrayed by a brilliant cast from John Hurt, Kellan Lutz, Isabel Lucas who all feel faithful to their god-like characters. I also loved how Mt Olympus look fairly identical to the original Clash Of The Titans which was a nice touch.
Tarsem Singh directs a visual beauty that merges spectacularly with its surround settings,but that is fairly to be expected since its like an identical visual twin to the iconic visuals of 300 and Clash of the Titans. The build-up in some what perspective seems fairly weak. in which the most entertaining visual sequence is between Theseus and the minotaur, which was by far my favourite sequence possibly within the whole film next to end scene. I felt like a little kid reading about mythology again and envisaging the epic tales of heroes, gods, monsters beyond the limits of my imaginations except now visually seeing it live to my expectation on the big screen. The best parts of the battle sequences are unfortunately all seen before enchanted within the trailer which decreases the excitement level of a lot of the battle scenes. The only thing this is missing is a shot of thousands of arrows skimming through the air looking for targets. The battle sequences play out beautifully like a ballet and flow smoothly heighten with the intensity of slo-mo effects endazzled with CGI blood with brutal execution. But the excitement is just a let-down.
Immortals overall is a massive let-down if you enter the theatre and sit down with a high expectation, prepare to be punished by Zeus. The 3D is nothing special and put to poor use. Immortals isn't immortal enough to take down 300 but it executes Clash Of The Titans with a thunderous lighting bolt by Tarsem's hands