'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'
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
When first glancing upon Immortals which is a visionary replica of Zack Synder's 300, which take note it also comes from the same producers as 300, enriched with a world grounded within mythology, a vast theme and concept for any production that tries to stand tall on Mount Olympus. But Immortals is 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

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Comments (38)

  1. skywise

    @jayaottley be prepared to be punished by zues!!?? Classic man. Great review although i am a but disapointed. I was hoping for...well i was hoping for the same thing that it seems everyone else was hoping for. I plan on seeing it tommorow...maybe i should wait for blu ray.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  2. Jay.A.Ottley

    @ghostman Not that bad, that was my only 'owww' moment. But other than that there are no other nasty scenes but you don't feel that scene that much due to the bombardment of visual effects and lack of development.

    @m2 Thanks dude :)

    @mattbierwagen And seriously, would you have those same sentiments on a God Of War or Legend Of Zelda Movie?

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  3. m2

    @jayaottley I definitely agree. Good work.

    3 years agoby @m2Flag

  4. Worth5Bucks

    this movie pretty much looks bad, thanks to clash of the titans i just dont trust fantasy movies anymore

    3 years agoby @mattbierwagenFlag

  5. Georgia DiPirro

    @ROFLitschristian Hades is more calm & suddle than the other two, I need to read about how he got his wife I forgot that. And Zeus even though he had an eagle was a symbol of strength, courage, and justice he took Justice to exstream _ His daughter Athena is who I feel most alike.

    3 years agoby @Georgia-DiPirroFlag

  6. ROFLitschristian

    @Georgia-DiPirro Hades. I've been taking mythology in high school right now and Hades is moreorless like me. He's much more calm and suddle than the other two. And the way he got his wife, terrific.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  7. Georgia DiPirro

    The three brothers; Zeus for God of the air and Poseidon for the sea(i love the sea) Hades Greek god of the underworld... I Like Zeus because ruled the Olympians of Mount Olympus @ROFLitschristian Good question! Who is your Favorit?

    3 years agoby @Georgia-DiPirroFlag

  8. ROFLitschristian

    @Georgia-DiPirro Who's your favorite of the big 3? Zeus, Poseidon, or Hades?

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  9. Georgia DiPirro

    @ROFLitschristian Man that just sucks,:( --Yeah, thats what I got from the review ...And I would have had High expectations of 300 & mythology ~And I would have been punished by Zeus .

    3 years agoby @Georgia-DiPirroFlag

  10. Corey W.

    Wasn't too excited for this one anyway Nice review.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  11. Ghostman

    @jayaottley how was the "ball-cruncher" scene? I heard their were a lot of nasty scenes in this.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  12. Ghostman

    @jayaottley whatever The Case (Super 8 reference) may be, we all know it'll end in a Scream.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  13. Jay.A.Ottley

    @ghostman Hmmmm i don't think we can have any conclusive evidence to make that conclusion since we don't know what happens on Friday the 13th or Halloween ^_^

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  14. Ghostman

    @jayaottley damn! that was a good one :P while all this is happening, no one is Immortal becuz we're all stuck in a Nightmare on Elm Street.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  15. Jay.A.Ottley

    @ghostman Haha i guess Movieweb is suffering from Inception while being stuck in The Dark Knight

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  16. Ghostman

    @jayaottley I recived a @mentions notification and when I went to reply on this page, i didn't see your comment...guess it's just time differences :P

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  17. Jay.A.Ottley

    loooooool @ghostman i know, lol, because my blackberry got 2 emails from you. But don't worry, you not the first person to do that today on this review, lol @nerblesmcgee did the same earlier on in which he claimed that Immortals is the 'sickest movie i've seen all year by far'


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  18. Ghostman

    Haha! "Jedi Ghostman" pretty cool :) anyways @jayaottley just realized I repeated myself two different times! oops lol!

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  19. Jay.A.Ottley

    @ghostman Haha i saw and heard. They did both part back to back when Part.2 came out over here and they put all the old HP movies back on cinema.

    Agreed it is a better deal and we shall face the fear of glittery vegetarian vampires and embrace over all and share our stories of survival...

    May the force be with you Jedi-Ghostman haha name actually sounds pretty epic for a Star Wars character

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  20. Ghostman

    @jayaottley The marathon is a better deal, but that's still around 6 hours of sappy love story :( Last night, I watched both parts of Deathly Hallows, and it was fantastic! Let us brave souls, journey into the realm of Twi-hards next week and share our stories :)

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  21. Jay.A.Ottley

    @ghostman I know i'm still contemplating weather I'll be able to hack and slash that much Twilight, but i've only seen Eclipse, and Twilight is on TV today so all i need to see is New Moon.

    The Twiathon tickets are 18 pounds which includes the the 1st UK screening of a midnight showing to Breaking Dawn
    Just tickets to the midnight screening of Breaking Dawn are 12 pounds.

    Makes sense to go to the marathon one as i dont want to be dropped into a story i don't fully understand

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  22. Ghostman

    @jayaottley a Twilightathon? oh man, that's too much for me to handle :P hopefully I'll get lucky and run into some hot girls..chances are they're prolly too young though :/

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  23. Jay.A.Ottley

    @lim-chang-moh Thank you, Lim for your kind words, i feel honoured that you enjoyed the read, but even though we share the same sentimental values of the film, I'd actually request to post up your review for us to read your review, because i enjoy reading your opinions and your writing style is unique.

    We are all but our own critics :)

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  24. Jay.A.Ottley

    @nerblesmcgee Well dude to each their own opinion, the direction was decent, the acting poorly developed accompanied with bland and cheesy dialogue. The action scenes were nicely executed but they were nothing special because you had all ready seen the highlights of them from the trailer hence why the Minotaur fight was my fav scene. Even Tarsem's so called finger-of-god lighting doesn't doesn't do the film justice to rival against its predesscor.
    But please by all means,i'd love to hear in more depth review, why this film was amazing to you and easily worth the price tag of a $15 ticket

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  25. Jay.A.Ottley

    @moviegeek Thanks dude,if you do go see he 2D version.

    @ghostman Ha! you think your ones bad dude,i dragged myself into a Twiathon, with my best friend, which is all 4 films back to back

    3 years agoby @jayaottleyFlag

  26. nerblesmcgee

    you guys are haters. great direction, fair acting, and spectacular action scenes. easily worth fifteen dollars. you guys blow dogs for quarters

    3 years agoby @nerblesmcgeeFlag

  27. Ghostman

    Same here, @moviegeek but apparently I'll be seeing Breaking Dawn next wk instead. Don't know how i got dragged into that one :/

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  28. moviegeek

    @ghostman I'm not too set on this one. I figure I'll pop in if I get a spare moment.

    Good review buddy.

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  29. ROFLitschristian

    @Georgia-DiPirro This isn't mythology. It's bulls*t! :(

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  30. Lewis Kluttz

    I never saw the movie 300. I really liked this movie. Some people were clapping at the end near me. It was a great movie!

    3 years agoby @Lewis-KluttzFlag