Excerpt: There are certain themes in Hollywood that are timeless. Though the Western genre has slowed down, there’ll always be Westerns. Action/Adventure, Science-Fiction and so forth. Of course, the Vampire movies have never really gone out of style and as of late I’ve seen one too many “gladiator” movies.
Summary: This movie is a sad sack of an excuse for spending a whole lot of money. One can only hope that it doesn’t go over well, but fanboys all over the net are already talking about how amazing the sound is, and how great it looks, because it reminds them of how much skin they chaffed watching 300. Surely there are people who love it…the same people who loved other movies that cost 600 Million dollars. Me? Not a fan.
Excerpt: The beauty of director Tarsem Singh’s Greek Myth 3D action film, Immortals, is definitely the most interesting thing about it. At 2011’s San Diego Comic Con, Tarsem, known for his work in music videos as well as his two previous films, The Cell and The Fall , made a point of noting that story comes after the fact for him. His focus lies in the visuals and Immortals is a fine example of this in action.
Summary: There’s plenty of blood and guts to go around. There are epic battles and tragic drama. It’s a pretty good stop along the way toward those other future films. Who knows, we might soon be looking forward to this film’s sequel. The ending certainly sets one up. If enough money gets pulled in… “To those whom much is given, much is asked.
Excerpt: Theseus (Henry Cavill, Stardust ) is a Greek peasant, unpopular and scoffed at because of his bastard birthright, even though he looks like a supermodel and has pectorals the size of bocce balls. Little does anyone know (Theseus included) that the weird old man who's been hanging around and teaching him how to fight is actually Zeus (Luke Evans, The Three Musketeers ), donning the appearance of a mortal.
Excerpt: Of director Tarsem Singh’s films, which include The Cell and The Fall , Immortals is the least visually busy. Most of the the more blatant visual effect cues seem designed more to make them pop with the addition of 3D than appear fantastical. Even compared to the likes of Zack Snyder’s 300 , which Immortals seems forever connected to in the public’s mind, it’s quaint.
Conclusion: 'Immortals' is a visually stunning but flawed movie experience, one that I was unable to connect with on an emotional level. For those who enjoyed the film, the Blu-ray debut offers strong video and a powerful lossless surround sound experience, despite a few flaws, and a nice selection of behind-the-scenes supplements. If you're planning to buy the movie, but don't care for 3D, this is the edition for you.
Summary: A time-saving word of warning up front: If you're the sort of person who enjoys reading about or studying actual Greek mythology, Immortals will be infuriating. Director Tarsem Singh and screenwriters Vlas and Charley Parlapanides have no deference at all for the eons-old stories they've tried to adapt here, combining and compressing various elements of Greek myth until they're left with a narrative that's somehow both dumbed-down and incredibly convoluted.