Live like an Immortal…
The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous army are rampaging across Greece, demolishing everything in their wake with ruthless efficiency. Village after village falls to Hyperion’s legions and each victory takes him one step closer to his goal: unleashing the power of the sleeping Titans to vanquish both the Gods of Olympus and all of humankind.
To live forever would be a dream come true for some, though what you would need to go through to become forever lasting is a whole other story. Strangely enough this movie is not just being about Immortal, even though it’s what the title states. I was rather excited to watch this film when I had first heard about it, even though I hadn’t read or seen anything to do with the movie (yet again). I did however hear from friends that it was rather good and had some awesome fight scenes, which made me want to see it even more to have my own opinion. I am happy to say it was an enjoyable film, although it may not be for everyone.
The film begins with a short narration explaining what is currently happening in time. We don’t really get an introduction per se to the characters, but more of who they are as the film progresses. I did like that the leads are unknowns, well except for the bad guy, and the co-stars are more recognisable, with a few actors I didn’t expect to see in this film. Everyone performs well, though there are a few times where the dialogue could have been a bit better and feels rather ho-hum. It’s not a major distraction as the rest of the film shines quite splendidly. I must add that I did enjoy the baddie (Micky Rourke); he played his part very well and was quite the villain.
Talking about the film shining, by golly does it ever! The visuals are absolutely breath taking! With vast views over the landscape or from the mountain tops that will leave you in awe. We jump between our heroes and villain to get a different scope on the surrounding areas which is nice. It does bounce back and forth a few times, but doesn’t last long before everyone is on the same page. We do return to a few previous scenes, but it is needed to continue the story. One thing I thought was interesting is how they made the transition to certain scenes, it doesn’t happen a lot, but is cool when used.
As with the cinematography, the special effects are awesome! From the incredible fight scenes to the unusual wardrobe, which for the most part looked absurd, but it was fitting for this film. I really liked how they portrayed the gods. When they are on screen, you can almost…feel it. Some of the fight scenes have a “300ish” feel to them, (The film is done by the same producers who did 300) though they are stepped up a notch which makes for some brutal sequences that will leave most guys going, “Oh yeah!” (I did watch the film in 3D and loved how they used it).
I had a few gripes with the film…it can feel slightly predictable (more so towards the end), and I didn’t like how they moved from certain scenes with great heed, with some characters popping up minutes after they say it’s a 2 day walk! I know they don’t need to show us the whole trip, but maybe some sort of visual to let us know they have been walking for a period of time. They do correct this but only a little too late. Lastly, some of the characters start off strong in the beginning then taper off, so you either barely see or hear from them again, which is kind of sad, as you have been following them the whole time. It shouldn’t take you away from the film, but I felt it worth mentioning.
At the end of the day, Immortals, while not-being truly amazing as a whole, is a fun action/adventure with a splash of Greek mythos (which I am a big fan of). I was expecting slightly more, however the film did entertain me adequately for its running time and I didn’t get bored at all. The film hasn’t done marvellously at the box office, costing $80-$120Million and has gone on to gross $118million, barely breaking even with its budget.
Worth the watch if you are wanting a Mythological film, an action/adventure with great visuals or in the mood for something slightly different to the norm.
|Title:||Immortals 3D (2011)|
|Leading Cast:||Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Luke Evans, Stephen Dorff, Freida Pinto, John Hurt, Isabel Lucas, Kellan Lutz, Joseph Morgan, Peter Stebbings|
|Writer:||Vlas Parlapanides, Charley Parlapanides|
|Studio:||Relativity Media, Rogue Pictures|
|Genre:||Action, Drama, Fantasy|
|Running Time:||103 minutes|
|Release Date:||11 November 2011 (South Africa)|