22 October 2012

Movies: The Immortals

The Immortals (2011) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1253864/

Fantasy

Way back before mankind walked the Earth, Zeus and his followers fought then imprisoned the Titans below Mount Tartarus. King Hyperion hears tell that the Epirus Bow could free the Titans, so of course he decides to find it and release them because somehow he'll rule the Earth afterward.
Theseus is chosen by Zeus to fight King Hyperion to prevent him from unleashing the imprisoned Titans.

Directed by Tarsem Singh, who directed "The Cell" and "The Fall". Both are visually stunning films so I had high expectations going in to this film.
Stars names Mickey Rourke, Henry Cavill, Steven Dorff, Freida Pinto, John Hurt and some lesser-knowns. Still, with a cast like that, one also builds expectations.

The film was visually ... something. It looked somewhat like "300" meets the "Clash of the Titans" remake, except more artificial, oversaturated and underlit. Completely not what I was expecting from Singh.
And the story. Ugh. Again with the borrowing of names from Greek mythology and completely rewriting the stories into a mess that is vaguely, but not much if at all, related to the source material.

An uncompelling crap pile, especially considering the cast and director. 40 minutes in the wife quit the film, she couldn't watch any more. I understand why she did it, the story was underwhelming so far, the cuts from character to character, designed I'm sure to just introduce you to the players, was more confusing than informative.  I was disappointed for other reasons, partly for the reasons she quit watching, but also due to its stealing from mythology then ignoring the source material to the point the story was unrecognizable. I figure if a film is going to do that, at least make it entertaining. We stopped the movie there, I figured I'd pick it up later when she was busy doing other stuff.  After a couple days I really didn't feel like going back to finish the film. The time invested didn't seem to warrant continuing on.
So yeah, I never finished watching the film so this is a really terrible review. Who knows, maybe the film redeemed itself later on?

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