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Film Review: Immortals…

Starring: Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto, Stephen Dorff
Directed by: Tarsem Singh

Today, I decided to hit the mall to catch a movie, and I ended up seeing, “Immortals” today. Here is my review…

Plot/synopsis: Eons after the Gods won their mythic struggle against the Titans, a new evil threatens the land. Mad with power, King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) has declared war against humanity. Amassing a bloodthirsty army of soldiers disfigured by his own hand, Hyperion has scorched Greece in search of the legendary Epirus Bow, a weapon of unimaginable power forged in the heavens by Ares. Only he who possesses this bow can unleash the Titans, who have been imprisoned deep within the walls of Mount Tartaros since the dawn of time and thirst for revenge. In the king’s hands, the bow would rain destruction upon mankind and annihilate the Gods. But ancient law dictates the Gods must not intervene in man’s conflict. They remain powerless to stop Hyperion…until a peasant named Theseus (Henry Cavill) comes forth as their only hope. Secretly chosen by Zeus, Theseus must save his people from Hyperion and his hordes.

This film is getting mostly negative reviews by critics and movie fans. The reason I wanted to see this film is because I like Greek mythology, and I was curious on how good Henry Cavill’s acting skills are since he is the new Superman for, “Man of Steel”. I never saw any of his work before, so he is pretty new to me.

So the question is, did I like, “Immortals”? Yes I did. Let me correct that for ya, I actually loved the film a lot. So far, I think this is one of the best films of 2011. I don’t understand how this movie can get negative reviews.

I did think Henry’s acting was very good. As I watched this film, I pictured myself watching, “Man of Steel”. I kept seeing Henry as Superman in this film even though this movie wasn’t Superman. Do I think Henry is going to make a great Superman? Yes. He will make an amazing Superman. Henry Cavill is a very like-able hero. He’s very entertaining on the screen.

The movie was very stylish and different. The visuals and special effects were very impressive. Most 3D movies aren’t very good, 3D effects wise, but this movie looked very good in 3D. I think this movie could get some Oscar nods on Best Visual Effects and Cinematography.

Mickey Rourke plays a great villain like usual. His character in this film, he does a good job on making you want to hate this guy. He’s very evil, scary looking, big and muscular.

There is also plenty of action, violence, and gore throughout the film. I thought the fight scenes were pretty intense. It kept you watching. I thought the best fight scene of the whole movie was when Henry’s character, was fighting this guy dressed up as a horned bull in this small circular room. You probably know the scene I am talking about. Henry is the type of guy that you want to see in action and kick some ass. Henry is a jacked dude in this movie as well.

The most popular complaint about this movie is that most everyone is half naked and shirtless in this movie. Well, if you understand Greek mythology that’s how it always was with people. That was their thing to not wear a lot of clothing.

After watching, “Immortals”, it makes me think that gives me an idea of how they’re going to make the upcoming, “God of War”, movie based on the video game. I thought, “Immortals”, was way better than, “300”, and the “Clash of the Titans” remake.

I thought this film was pretty amazing. Two thumbs up for “Immortals”. Check it out.

Score for “Immortals” = (4 stars as in = “excellent”)


Film Review: Rise of the Planets of the Apes

Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

Today, I finally decided to go see the film, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. This film is not a prequel, a sequel nor a remake. It’s a complete re-boot. It tells a whole new original story of the “Planet of the Apes” franchise, which takes place in our current time.

Here is my review…

Plot/synopsis: This film is taken place in San Francisco. It tells a story of a young scientist named, Will Rodman (James Franco) who worked on a science experiment that will cure Alzheimer’s disease. Will’s father, Charles Rodman (John Lithgow) has Alzheimer’s and he wants to make his father better.

To test out the experiment, they use chimpanzees. The Alzheimer’s virus mutates the chimpanzees, which makes the animals more human. They use a female chimpanzee named, “Bright Eyes” for testing, but she is killed after she disrupts a board meeting because she felt her baby chimp is threatened. Instead they use her baby chimp for testing and Will Rodman keeps the baby chimp. He named the baby chimp, Caesar. Later, Caesar escapes from the primate facility where he is being kept. Caesar rescues the other apes and the apes decide to take over San Francisco. 

I was a little worried that this film was going to suck, but to my surprise. This turned out to be an excellent film. I believe this film was inspired from the old “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” because both of these films are very similar, although it wasn’t meant to be a remake.

I was impressed on how realistic “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was. They did a great job on making apes being more believable that they can be more human. This film will make you realize that apes do have emotions and feelings like humans do. It’s not just an action movie, it’s got a serious story to tell too. This film wants people to believe that apes can be a part of this world as well.

The animated character of Caesar who is voiced by Andy Serkis, is one of the best movie characters in a long time. I have a feeling that Andy Serkis could get Oscar nominated for this role. Andy Serkis is most famous for his role as Gollum for the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

I also think there is a possibility that John Lithgow could get an Oscar nomination nod for Best Supporting Actor. As predicted, Lithgow killed it with his acting in this movie. It was nice to see him on the big screen again because he haven’t had a live action big screen movie in a long while. He’s been doing so much TV work and animated films as of late.

When you watch the apes in this movie, they want you to see they have different emotions. They can be funny, lovable, angry, evil, sad, etc.

I thought Freida Pinto was smoking hot in this film. James Franco did an okay job, but I wished they picked a better male lead with acting talent. Somebody that can really get you into the film.

I also had a blast with the action scenes. The Golden Gate Bridge scene at the end was pretty amazing.

My only complaint is that I wish the film was a lot longer. It should have been a good 2 and a half hours long. I thought there was more of a story to tell and they did kind of leave open for a sequel, of course. I hope they do a new “Planet of the  Apes” film where it’s taken place in New York City so they can explain the Statue of Liberty thing at the end of the original movie, that would take this franchise to an interesting turn.

In the theater I was in, I was surprised on how many old people were in there to see the film. The audience was mostly people around 50 – 80 years of age. I guess all the old timers were big fans of the original films with Charlton Heston and this new film brings back memories to those.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” was a great homage to the original films. I loved it!


Score for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” = **** (4 stars as in “Excellent”)