Friday, February 17, 2012
If the trailers hadn't grabbed your attention, than you most likely won't find much cause elsewhere to see it. The trailers showcase the action scenes and the visuals. Which is pretty much all this movie has to offer. So if you're looking for anything else, you'll be sorely disappointed.
On a very obvious front, Immortals sets out to deliver on a specific front: action. In-your-face, brutal, gory, action. It goes far enough to one-up 300 and any other contender. If you're in this for a greco-roman gorefest of epic proportions, then you'll be pretty happy. But the Immortals fails on many fronts.
The story is gibberish. Its so backwards and sideways, pretty soon you just start to not care. All you end up needing to know is this guy is bad, this guy is good, and one is gonna die. Despite lots of backstory and plentiful setup, we're still scratching our heads far too often. It gets to be pretentious and practically headache inducing.
However, the film is visually stunning. Not a single frame isn't dripping with visual flair and style. Its definately a feast of eye candy. And like I've said, if you're a gore hound who digs the brutally realistic and over the top battles that you'd expect from an R rated epic the trailers have made this out to be, then you will definately not feel gyped on that front. However, I feel like the movie didn't have enough in it overall to warrant a lengthy review. Like theres not much to even say about it. Let alone find good things to say. Its hollow and plodding. It falls like a big heavy rock into a shallow pond. Don't get me wrong, it can be entertaining. Its visually thrilling and stylish to a fault, its fast paced, action packed, and has young good looking actors delivering fine performances, basically its a silly popcorn movie.
But its one that has vast stores of unrealized potential. It could've been a truly classic epic worth discussing for a long time if its story had been stronger, and it had some emotional meat to it. Its not nuanced or layered, its one dimensional and simple as all can be. And while that is perfectly passable sometimes for a silly little action movie like Clash of the Titans, a movie like this has such perfect aspects that are truly worth marveling at but its marred by such painful shortcomings that its hard to reccommend it. The best thing I can say about it, is that once it hits home video formats, it'll be sure to give your HD equipment quite the intense workout. Visually and otherwise. Its gorgeous looking.
So given everything I've said, I urge you to decide for yourself. Its a hollow piece of dreck that manages to look quite stunning, and can even keep your attention for a couple hours.
So flip a coin eh? It all depends on what you're expecting from it.