Thursday, August 23, 2012

PCP on DVD - Immortals

Actor Henry Cavill is going to be Superman in next year's Man of Steel.  If you're unfamiliar with him as an actor (basically anyone who didn't watch The Tudors on Showtime), Immortals was your chance to see how he would do in a starring role.  It's amazing the guy is younger than me, sometimes (like on The Tudors), he looks much older than the 29 he is now.

Immortals - 2011, rated R.  My rating:  6 out of 10.

My main problem with this 300 ripoff is not that the action was bad (it was good) or that the acting was bad (it was decent).  My problem is that it takes a pretty cool myth - that of Theseus, the mythical founder of Athens, a demigod like Hercules, slayer of the Minotaur and solver of the Labyrinth of Crete, along with many other tasks and actions - and strips away all that awesome and replaces it with just an ordinary guy chosen by the Gods to lead the Greeks against an evil army.  That is just the first of many instances where the film spits on Greek mythology, so if you consider yourself to be a fan of the Greek myths or history, then this film might make you angry.

Aside from the destruction of mythology, Immortals' other crime is being too much like 300.  The films are extremely close in terms of their style and action, and it almost feels more like a sequel to 300 than anything else.  If you can get past those complaints, the film itself is okay.  As I said the acting wasn't bad, and neither were the action sequences themselves, the film just felt like something I'd already seen before.  At least Cavill was convincing as a strong leader and fighter, which gives me some hope for Man of Steel.  But this outing was just another routine action film set in ancient times, and it has been done better before.

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