Immortals 3-D : More Myth than Hit.

Mickey Rourke grizzlies it up - again - as King Hyperion in 'Immortals 3-D'.

An Active3D Movie Review

Rating (out of 5 stars): *

Just over a decade ago, Tarsem Singh directed Jennifer Lopez in The Cell, an interesting – and visually striking – film about virtual reality. Next year he’s unleashing a live-action take on the Snow White story, called Mirror Mirror. But rather than reflect on the past or speculate about the future, the task at hand, I’m afraid, is to deal with Singh’s current release, which has just opened on the local circuit.

This is Hollywood’s latest stab at Greek mythology – and for those not in the know, it’s like ancient science fiction, with the only significant difference being that the men wear leather frocks. Our tale begins with Zeus (who was the ‘chief god’ in Greece’s polytheistic universe) not being happy with the bloodythirsty mortal, King Hyperion (played wildly OTT here by Mickey Rourke). The outrageously villainous king is set on destroying humankind, so Zeus tasks a heroic and conveniently good-looking mortal, Theseus (Henry Cavill) with putting Hyperion out of business.

Theseus, in Greek mythology, is the mythical founder-king of Athens, and it’s good thing that he’s both mortal and mythical as, if he were around to witness what PASOK, Greece’s Socialist party, has done to modern-day Greece, he’d be in the mood to swing his sword again! Don’t worry about having to know your Greek mythology, however, as all the necessary bits are laid out quite clearly at the film’s start.

Stand by for man-to-man battle in its various permutations – and it gets bloodier than a visit to your local abattoir, so if you aren’t fond of seeing heads smashed and body parts being lopped off with boring regularity, then this isn’t for you. I found the imaginative computer-generated environments quite awe-inspiring (and would probably have been even more impressed had the film been shown in focus at our press screening). The characterisation was – as one would expect of such stories – boringly one-dimensional, despite the beautiful 3-D cinematography. I couldn’t really relate to their struggles, however, or to the runaway machismo, and confirmed my suspicion that computer-generated imagery – no matter how dazzling – can’t hold my attention for 110 minutes.

(As published in Johannesburg’s City Press newspaper, November 12th, 2011.)

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One Response to “Immortals 3-D : More Myth than Hit.”

  1. CMrok93 Says:

    It’s probably one of the best-looking films of the whole year (yet, I still haven’t seen Tree of Life) and the action is awesome and in-you-face which is something I always like. The story dragged on a bit and I couldn’t help but think that if the writing was a tweaked a little better, this would have definitely been a very solid film. Instead it was just fun and pretty to look at. Good review. Check out mine when you get the chance.

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