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Immortals dies an early death

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The “Immortals” dies an early death by way of being forgotten. Tarsem Singh showed that he was willing to be, and capable of being, really creative and having a very singular aesthetic. The scenes from “The Cell” that took place in the serial killer’s head were awesome to watch and the entirety of “The Fall” was a real treat to watch. In “The Fall” he showed that he can weave his style into a well-told tale and each was complimented by the other. Sadly, this is not the case for “Immortals.

“Immortals” follows Theseus as he is chosen by Zeus to stop King Hyperion who is on a quest to destroy humanity and the gods, if the plan works out.

Casting and performances in this film are equally weak. It’s hard to connect to Henry Cavill as a hero or a victim of fate. He’s too pompous for one and too strong for the other, but the opposite problem persists for each of those traits too. His "300"/"Braveheart" style speech is extremely weak in delivery and writing. Mickey Rourke was miscast and misused in the role of a man who wants to destroy both man and gods alike, but he can’t muster the will to look like he’s really interested in it. This is not the role for a subtle performance, but Rourke and crew thought it was a good idea to never raise his voice and just float along.

The design of this film is, at first glance, interesting, but you soon realize that all the costumes are way too similar to each other. The gods all look the same despite a different helmet, if that. The titans, which should have been the best part visually, all look like the Umpa Loompas in Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” exactly the same. The action portions are a over the top and not in the good way. I fear that the bad decisions in both design and action were probably forced by the producer since he clearly wanted to make another “300”.

All in all “Immortals” is a very forgettable film, but due to Tarsem’s previous work we are willing to give him a pass and blame Hollywood for this one. It would be interesting to hear his honest impression about the film in a few years when he doesn’t have to keep tight lipped about some of, what we suspect, were some uncomfortable conversations with producers who “know what is good for the film.”

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Credits:
Directed by: Tarsem Singh
Written by: Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides
Cast: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt, Stephen Dorff, Freida Pinto


Source of the Bitter: JAS

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