Watching the trailer for Immortals, it looked to be another ancient Greece story in the same vein as 300. Turns out that its more similar to Clash of the Titans than it is 300. I wish it had more of 300’s visual style, because then I could still enjoy it on some level even without the awful storyline.
Immortals is the story of Theseus…. doing stuff I guess. There’s really no clear consensus as to what he is doing or, more importantly, why he’s doing it, other than some thinly-veiled revenge plot. In fact, character motivation is pretty much completely absent from this movie, whether its the main character, the villain, or anyone else. As a result, its a mess; its muddled and has no real point.
And what else? Oh yes, its boring. Sure there’s a lot of action and battle scenes, but none of them are overly inspired. And of course, when the purpose of the film isn’t clear, its hard to invest in whats going on. So when Theseus is giving his speech to the army, I’m thinking, “That’s nice, but who are you talking with right now, and why are we supposed to care about them, and what are you fighting for exactly?”
And to be honest, all of this may have been slightly forgiven if the visuals were as great as I was led to believe that they are. But the production design, while neat at times, like the town carved into the rock, isn’t really anything we haven’t seen before. Olympus and Tartarus were both rather bland, and Hyperion and his army were pretty boring-looking villains. And the 3D really didn’t do anything apart from make the picture darker and murkier.
The only time this movie should any visual ingenuity was at the very end where we see a massive battle in the sky. However, that came literally in the final seconds of the film, as if to try to get that one image into the audience’s mind so that we walk out of the theater thinking we’ve just seen a spectacular visual film. If only the filmmakers had had the scope of ambition shown in that tiny visual sequence, and they may just have had something here.