Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
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(Victorville) The Gods of Olympus: Hollywood’s fascination with them seems to grow every year, and why not? The Greek pantheon of Gods has captured the minds and imaginations of the world for years upon years. Immortals is the latest to take a stab at the deep mythology: does it leave merely a flesh wound or does it go for the kill?
Immortals is brought to us from Relativity Media, a seemingly newcomer to films, with a few credits to its name including this year’s Limitless. The story is of a simple man, Theseus, played by Henry Cavill, (who in 2013 takes on the ultimate hero role as Superman in Man of Steel) who is unknowingly chosen by Zeus (Luke Evans) to lead humanity against the bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke). Hyperion plans to set the Titans loose, therefore ending the world of the living and of the Gods. A weapon is needed to do so, a powerful bow, which can only be found by the virgin oracle Phaedra (Frieda Pinto). The journey is that of a hero, as it is filled with loss, challenges and realizing one’s destiny.
Cavill has a heroic look to him, as he portrays the underdog hero perfectly. Rourke has been on fire as of late when it comes to films, and this is one more performance to add to that list. The Gods are all a bit young, which may be seen in a negative light by some. Yet, when you think of how the Gods were portrayed in pottery art and sculptures of the past, they always looked like flawless, young human beings. This is the approach this film takes, as even Evan’s Zeus does not really look like he could be the all father; but once you see these Gods fight, you see the unreal presence come out in them, something I felt was done extremely well. Directed by Tarsem Singh, who only has four films to his name as a director, this film exudes a classic Greek story of Gods and mortals, and guts and glory.
I reviewed the 3D version of the film, which I was quite surprised with. For the most part, most live action films with 3D have let me down immensely. With Immortals, there were some blurry spots here and there, but for the most part the 3D effects were done very well in a non “in your face” manner. I do recommend seeing this film in 3D, as it is one of the few films that actually got it right.
Immortals is grouped in the same category as films like 300 and Clash of the Titans, and for good reason. The gore factor in Immortals exceeds that of 300, making the R rating well justified. I came out of the theater very satisfied with the film, as I have been waiting for a great film involving the Greek Gods. If you are a fan of mythology and bloody action flicks, then this film is right up your alley. Highly recommended.