Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Omy.sg movie review: Immortals
Genre: 3-D epic adventure
Cast: Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Luke Evans, Isabel Lucas, Kellan Lutz, Joseph Morgan, Freida Pinto,with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke
Directed by: Tarsem Singh
Writers: Jason Keller, Christian Gudegast, Charlie Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides
Produced by: Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Ryan Kavanaugh
Executive Producers: Tucker Tooley, Jeff Waxman
Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens the land. Mad with power, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares.
Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time and thirst for revenge. In the king’s hands, the bow would rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man’s conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion…until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope.
Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save his people from Hyperion and his hordes. Rallying a band of fellow outsiders—including visionary priestess Phaedra (Freida Pinto) and cunning slave Stavros (Stephen Dorff)—one hero will lead the uprising, or watch his homeland fall into ruin and his Gods vanish into legend.
The 3-D epic adventure Immortals is directed by revolutionary visualist Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and produced by Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton, the producers of 300, as well as Ryan Kavanaugh (Dear John, The Dark Fields).
I lament for those who've not hit the age of 18, because this show is epic!
Yays for the movie: The gore factor (think lots of blood, pieces of meat flying all over, heads being decapitated, close-up of knives slashing into flesh), the unearthly beauty and charm of the Gods, the intense and gripping climax to ending.
Nays for the movie: The build-up of the movie might be a little draggy.
Overall rating: 3/5 stars
'Immortals' might get off to a 'slow start', but promises a intense and gripping climax. Something on contrary as to other movies of same make, were that the Gods depicted in 'Immortals' all possess breathtakingly divine looks and youth. The 3D effects also played a big and critical role in the battle scenes, where I got to experience the feeling of 'realness' in the midst of blood and gore.
A few things I didn't expect were:
1) Nudity in one of the scenes between Theseus and the Virgin Oracle
2) The twist as compare to other 'God' films; that Gods can be killed and can die.
If I have to pinpoint something negative about 'Immortals', it will be that the Epirus Bow, which was supposed to be the key factor of the salvation to both the men and the Gods, was not fully utilized in the movie. I was kinda expecting Theseus to emerge with the Epirus Bow and help kill the Titans and save the Gods, and to also prove that perhaps the Virgin Oracle can have inaccurate visions too.
Overall I'd say I've still enjoyed this movie much, and I'd definitely recommend a friend to go watch it. :)
If you're still pondering whether to watch or not to watch 'Immortals', you can view the trailer first here before deciding! :)
On 17 Nov 2011, witness the 3-D epic battle as mere men become Immortals!
*Special thanks to Omy.sg for the invites to the preview of the movie. :) *