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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Movie Review: Immortals

Today I decided to watch the movie Immortals. It was the first time that I saw a movie in what Cineplex Odeon calls "Ultra AVX". According to Wikipedia, Ultra AVX movies "feature screens that are considerably larger than...traditional ones, and a Dolby Digital 7.1surround sound system...DLP Cinema projectors provide distinct digital and 3D presentations. Guests can reserve seats, which are extra wide rocking seats with high backs".

The ticket was not cheap, it normally costs $12.75 for a showing but add $5 for the Ultra AVX feature and you get $17.75. I bought the tickets online (with the super annoying $1 service charge) so we didn't have to line up. I must say that the digital projection was super crisp; there were no lines, dots or any other grainy elements on the screen. The seats were indeed larger and you could actually incline about 20 degrees. The sound was supposed to be better (7.1 Dolby) but the only difference I found was that the volume was higher.

Back to the movie. Ok, so I was expecting something like "300" but it didn't quite live up to the same standard. The CGI environment looked awesome but the plot was a bit shallow. The warlord-esque Hyperion (Mickey Rouke, who always plays a bad-ass so perfectly) is on a quest to find the Epirus Bow (that can free Titians imprisoned by the Gods) in order to wreck havoc upon the world and the heavens. This happens not long after his prayer to save his family from disease falls on the deaf ears of the Gods. Hyperion has a massive army and kidnaps the Oracle (Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto) as she can tell him where the Bow is hidden. A peasant, Theseus, was mentored by an old man (Zeus in disguise) to be a great warrior to save mankind. 

To make a long story short, the Oracle loses her premonition powers by having sex with Theseus, Hyperion frees the Titans causing a battle with the Gods, a bunch of Gods (Poseidon, Athena, Apollo, Heracles...) die in the battle against a ton of Titans (who look like demons) and mankind is saved. The funniest part is that if Zeus didn't have such stupid rules, the chaos could have been prevented in the first place.  

Here is a scene of the Gods fighting a bunch of Titans:

Save for the fight scenes with the Gods (there are not that many), most battles weren't as interesting as 300's and neither was the narrative. There was only one cool slow-motion scene (like in 300) where the god Ares saves some humans by slaughtering a bunch of bad guys (he is repaid with his death at the hands of Zeus because of the law that undisguised Gods should not interfere with mankind).

The trailer shows huge battles between the god when in reality that fight in the sky lasts 2 secs. The 3D at the start of the movie was cool but there were some points where you get nausea (camera zooming through a cave with stone walls, it was blurry and dizzying).

Good eye candy but I think it could have been better.  

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