Ever since Warner Bros. released the film adaptation of “300” in 2007, based off the graphic novel by Frank Miller, other studios have tried to mimic its surprise success. Now, nearly five years later, the producers of “300”, along with Relativity Media, get their act back together with “Immortals”, an action-packed adventure that is sure to please the male crowd. Unfortunately, the film does not live up to expectations. The movie is slow, and even though the visual effects are particularly good, the rest of the film suffers from any lack of development. “Immortals” is only good to watch on the big screen but be advised of some major stupidity ahead.
The plot of the film centers on Theseus (Henry Cavill) getting revenge on King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) whom killed his mother. For you see, Hyperion wants to rule the world and become an evil dictator by denouncing the gods of ancient Greece. So it’s up to Theseus to stop him and make everything better once more.
“Immortals” is very confusing and offers large amounts of what makes a bad movie bad. First of all, the plot is very predictable, as it is your basic revenge story. It also doesn’t help that certain moments just happen within a few minutes and are never explained clearly.
Next, the dialogue is some of the worst bits that have been uttered on screen. This comes mainly from Mickey Rourke who speaks in a gravel voice that makes it hard to understand what he’s saying. The rest of the dialogue that is given by the cast is pretty cheesy, especially the big speech near the end of the film.
But the biggest problem with the film is the special effects. Most of the time it looks pretty obvious at what we’re watching was done off a computer. Even the sets used to the character advantage look unreal. Now “Immortals” is being offered in both 2D and 3D, and I saw this movie in 2D to save myself some money, and it could have worked in 3D. What I mean by this is that even if I saw the movie in 3D, it would not have worked, as there were only four or five scenes that actually used the capabilities of 3D. Also, the third act looked a lot like video game, which really turned me off.
Now with that being said, the visual effects are somewhat impressive. You can definitely tell that the artists, who worked on the movie, put a lot of hard work into creating the action and the visuals. The costumes fit the time period of ancient Greece, even though some look absolutely ridiculous, the costumes still looked decent enough for the actors and actresses to wear. Finally, I can say that “Immortals” delivers a lot of action, just like “300” did. ‘The action was well paced, quick, and to the point where you could tell what just happened.
In conclusion, “Immortals” is dumb, but it is entertaining. There’s a lot of bad things about the film, but I think once you’ll see it, the movie may be enjoyable. Even though it’s a knock-off of “300”, it doesn’t take a genius to see there are some dumb things about the film. “Immortals” is stupid but there are some things that are tolerable about it as well.
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