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Sound Off: Tarsem's 'Immortals' with Henry Cavill - Your Thoughts?

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November 11, 2011

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Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "NOW I unleash the Titans!" Arriving in theaters this weekend is visionary director Tarsem Singh's stylish new take on the Greek Gods story with Immortals, starring soon-to-be-seen-as-Superman Henry Cavill as Theseus, the only hope the Gods have. How is this fantasy epic? It also stars Mickey Rourke as the insanely despicable King Hyperion, and Freida Pinto as Phaedra, plus Luke Evans as Zeus. So is it actually any good? Better than the Clash of the Titans remake, or worse? How is Henry Cavill? If you've seen it, write a comment below with your thoughts on Immortals!

To fuel the fire of the Gods, I actually really liked Immortals. I truly did, I thought it was visually incredible (I saw it in 3D, which was just okay) and entertaining from a cinematic standpoint, however I do recognize that the script & story were a bit weak. First of all, Henry Cavill is such a badass and gave a performance pretty much above every other person in the entire movie; I cannot wait to see him as Superman. Back to Immortals, the movie had so many stunning set pieces that were all so colorful, but sometimes just oddly placed, for example, was that random tower in the middle of the desert really practical? But I digress. The final fight between the golden Gods and the dirty Titans was totally awesome, bloody and badass, I just wished it wasn't intercut so annoyingly between the other boring fight, I just wanted to see it in its entirety.

My only other major complaint was that we never really got to see anybody use the incredibly awesome bow, which was odd because they found it and should've been used it a lot. It was shot about 3 times (and quickly taken from Theseus before he could use it), but I was hoping to see it used one of the bigger battles. Imagine Legolas with that thing! Other than that, overall I really liked the movie, but wish there was a bit more of a polished story. The Hyperion character got a bit old and repetitive by the end and I just wanted to see more Theseus kicking ass, but it got too messy in the final act. Still, one hell of a visual feast, nothing quite like it.

What did you think of Tarsem's Immortals? Entertaining action epic or cinematic disaster? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!

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Reader Feedback - 47 Comments

1

Freida Pinto's ass in 3D was worth the price of the ticket alone

Qweqweq on Nov 11, 2011

2

What ass?She's flat back there, compare her to JLo and Beyonce, now that's an ass! Overall, great film, to me it's more like 300 than Clash though, and I agree with Alex, that bow should have been used a bit more...

jah p on Nov 11, 2011

3

Jlo and beyonce cant act, so I would rather see freida's

Zach on Nov 11, 2011

4

jah, the fact that jlo and beyonce have 80 pounds of flabby ass does not make them sexy at all......unless you're into fat, sloppy asses.

Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011

5

YOU TRIPPIN HARD!

John on Nov 21, 2011

6

oh, oh - i think john likes the jelly booty.

Anonymous on Nov 21, 2011

7

Ciaras ass please. I haven't seen Immortals yet. But this an important discussion. 

Brandon on Nov 11, 2011

8

She used an ass-double to stand in. It wasn't her ass.

Cody on Nov 12, 2011

9

By the way. It wasn't her butt. She didn't want to get naked. it was a stand in.  Sorry dude. The movie was still epic. 2000x better then clash. and it fell a few points bellow 300. Nothing will ever beat 300. It's to way up high.

Nbastreets240 on Nov 16, 2011

10

Hate to destroy your fantasy, but that ass belonged to Freida's double. Freida doesn't do nuds. Sorry.

ak on Nov 11, 2011

11

Is it just me or is anyone else disturbed by the lack of actresses willing to get naked? 

Christohper Exantus on Nov 11, 2011

12

not disturbed, but surprised. seems like they all have nude pics of themselves on their cell phones - so, why not in movies too?

Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011

13

That was like a couple people and now you say they all do?

nate on Nov 11, 2011

14

nate, i barely follow this kind of stuff and i could think of a dozen without trying. and i did say "seems like". don't you have better ways take up space in the comments section than this?

Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011

15

My goodness, all this discussion about Freida Pinto's ass! I guess that may be the most "Immortal" part of this movie... even though it's not even hers! Haha crazy...

Alex Billington on Nov 11, 2011

16

I agree with your review all the way, except this one point you make: "The final fight between the golden Gods and the dirty Titans was totally awesome [...] I just wished it wasn't intercut so annoyingly between the other boring fight..." I don't mind the intercutting, whatever. But if with "the other boring fight" you mean the Hyperion-Theseus fight, that was not boring at all, imo. It was the most savage, brutal, un-stylized, intence, mean body-to-body fight I've ever seen. And certainly the most convincing ever, of two men fighting so ferociously, not just for their lives, but to literally tear each other apart, to rip each other hearts off with their bear hands, like for real, not looking like choreographed-martial-arts-ballerinas while doing that. Even more, at the end of the fight, the acting of Cavill was really extraordinarly powerful. I was really impressed by this fight, I thought it was one of the best scenes of the film. And note that I'm a woman, I don't even like fight scenes, lol... But this one really got me... LOL at "Imagine Legolas with that thing!" hahaha!!!!

ak on Nov 11, 2011

17

"And note that I'm a woman, I don't even like fight scenes, lol... But this one really got me..."? WET?

John on Nov 21, 2011

18

What "wet"? I'm a woman. I like that fight. What don't you understand? "wet" lofl Here is a pic. If words aren't clear, maybe this is 🙂

ak on Nov 21, 2011

19

i loved it......yea, yea - story was a little thin and some acting wasn't perfect; but, that isn't the draw here. it's the great visuals; wonderful locations and cool action. i'll be getting this on blu ray when it's out. a good companion piece to "300".

Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011

20

Hey Beevis, I'm gettin a stiffy

Butthead on Nov 11, 2011

21

heh,heh.....heh,heh,heh.......me too....heh,heh

Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011

22

Who's acting wasn't perfect? Just asking, no fan/hate here...

ak on Nov 12, 2011

23

Very awesome movie..I can't wait to see Henry Cavill as Superman!

Michael McRorey on Nov 11, 2011

24

We enjoyed it, liked the action, backdrops were fantastic, and visual effects were superb.  Was far better than the previews made it appear.  Actually, didn't hear any bad comments regarding it from those coming out of the prescreening.

Dianne Sales on Nov 11, 2011

25

"this is not SPARTA!" I am reminded why 300 was such a great film experience.  This film had a great visual feel but borrowed liberally from other successful films such as 300 in the genre.

john m on Nov 11, 2011

26

The movie was a decent film for sure.  You won't be upset if you waited till Blu-Ray, and you wouldn't be bummed if you spent time in the theater to see it as well.  It was a good action film with a flimsy script.  But its really not about that, the visuals, as others have said, are awesome.  Not enough of the bow for sure, but still a good flick.

Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011

27

I thought that Immortals was AWESOME, amazing visuals and some great battle scenes, I will need to see this again. At the session I attended some of the audience was cheering during the final fight sequence and the audience was very upbeat and pumped after the screening, surely a good sign for the film.

Movieman on Nov 11, 2011

28

Fucking Awesome.....  I loved it.

Vette4321 on Nov 11, 2011

29

Wow. The readers here are easy to please.  It is a really terrible movie. Yes, ok. A few good fight scenes. But, really is that all it takes these days? As a whole, it looked and played out like a bad theater piece. Horrible cgi montages with really bad acting. HOWEVER, I thought Henry C did ok with what was given to him. Also Mickey R is a badass. Love the guy.  If anything, it made me a believer that Henry could pull off a good superman...on the other hand, Sucker Punch was worse then this so I better keep my hopes in check...

Buzzfunk on Nov 12, 2011

30

x2 also it really sucked in 3D... Micky R was defiantly baddass. So much wasted potential with this film..

Chad on Nov 12, 2011

31

haha yeah 3D was done in Post so it was an obvious skip I thought. Sorry you had to endure that.  And wow, I paid $32 bucks (Arclight Hollywood) for 2 tickets. I mean WTF is going on??

Buzzfunk on Nov 12, 2011

32

yes, i agree to everything you said (including the arrows thingy). Still, it was OK, i wasn't dissapointed. Still it shall be forgotten, unlike 300, a movie i'll always watch with pleasure.

Redguy812 on Nov 13, 2011

33

"A few good fight scenes. But, really is that all it takes these days" When going into an "eye-candy" or "popcorn" movie... yeah... that's all it takes. I don't go into these types of movies expecting exceptional plots, perfect delivery, and top caliber performances by Hollywood's elite. I go into these movies looking for some good fun, some kick ass action, and if I'm lucky a nice ass and some side-boob. If I want a Shakespearean opus I'll pop in Branagh's Hamlet.

Sinasazi on Nov 17, 2011

34

I didn't go into this movie expecting exceptional plot, perfect delivery, and top caliber performances either. I went in with very, VERY low expectations, and YET I found it stale. A few sparklies here and there (Rourke, Cavil, the metal bull for roasting people used during ANE times by the friendly worshipers of Baal), but it failed miserably to pull me in emotionally. The film was, however, extremely good at butchering up mythology and turning it into a very long and pretentious metrosexual MTV music video. Huzzah!

Lexicon-Urthus7 on Dec 7, 2011

35

I agree with everything stated above (accept maybe the Superman part). My main problem was the script/story. Knowing this wasnt built up as a prequel/sequel, it still left me wondering timeframe and /or what relevance it has to Clash (after all Zeus is still Zeus,right?) Freida is a GODDESS (no that she gained some weight finally) and the costumes and fight scenes are Visual CRACK!!!

Djfrenzy Ny on Nov 12, 2011

36

Tarsem is a genius director...watch his past movies: The cell - the fall

Pincode on Nov 12, 2011

37

its amazing that no one never mention how director Tarsem Singh rip-off a scene from 2004 House of Flying Daggers heres the scene http://youtu.be/kIx7B2o_mxk

mace on Nov 12, 2011

38

Flying Daggers, one of my favorite movies.  And yes, that scene is an obvious rip. A bit too close for my taste.  It was disappointing esp. after the Cell was rather weird and unique, in a good way (minus Jlo). 

Buzzfunk on Nov 12, 2011

39

Yes, you're right! I love Flying Daggers, saw it 3 times, but oddly enough I didn't remember that scene when I saw Immortals (twice! lol). I guess Tarsem embedded that scene in the story in a way that it fitted perfectly, w/o triggering any doubts to the spectator, what can I say? Well, whatever... I still think Immortals is a great film and, as we say in Greece, there is no such thing as parthenogenesis in art. Everybody copies others, the thing is how well he does it...

ak on Nov 13, 2011

40

awesome visuals great fight scenes but the story fell a bit flat, Pintos acting is head and shoulders above all else

Domo on Nov 12, 2011

41

Ha ha, you fell for the lady, obviously!! Not blaming you, though, she's a real beauty!... but best acting? Not in this film... She is a good actress, and in Immortals she was descent, given her plain dialogues, but nothing that could top Cavill/Rourke/Evans.

ak on Nov 13, 2011

42

movie was ok for a popcorn flick...but the near ending fighting was spectacular, i trully loved those 6-10 minutes.

Redguy812 on Nov 13, 2011

43

I really enjoyed it too - I would have gone for 2D had I had the choice - and having seen it in 3D, I would have probably enjoyed it even more in 2D. Overall a good flick - the lead was excellent - roll on superman. The visuals stunning - especially the fights and the girls were stunningly beautiful.  I liked the story too and how dark it was at times... it didn't opt out of being brutally real which was good in terms of the context. This was a much better Clash of the Titans. Weak points were - Stephen Dorf who just seemed to hang around in the corner of the screen for no real reason and I didn't think the end fight (not the gods) was very fairly matched given the baddie just ate and sat around looking fat. I also thought some of the production was pushed down the blue screen route a little too much - i.e. the village on the cliffs. Not so good. B+ - Fun and thrilling.

Dom on Nov 14, 2011

44

It was a great movie. Better than clash. It was like 300 but amplified. Although there were also a lot of similarities to 300. Like funneling hyperions men into that tunnel. Just like the hot gates in 300. Also. Not to burst anyone's bubble but that ass in 3d which great. Was not freida pintos. It was her butt double. But I'd say it was an 8/10. Lots of ass kicking.

Pierre on Nov 14, 2011

45

One of this year's favorite 🙂 I still did not watch it, hopefully tomorrow. Hope to like it 🙂 Lets see... 

Cable trays on Nov 26, 2011

46

I quite enjoyed it, from the reviews here I really thought it would be mince, but it was good.

Crapola on Dec 6, 2011

47

Great discussion about the film/ass.

Noah on Feb 15, 2012

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