Immortals

I recently had a chance to see the movie Immortals in theater.  I couldn’t find anyone to go with me, I ended up going by myself. Lets save the pity for another time.

Immortals is a ‘300’ like movie that features some newer names and ideas.  We have the battle between the immortals, the Gods and the Titans.   The movie was more about the humans though, the story for a peasant boy that watched his mother die and how he arose to become a God in the end of the movie.

One of the major reasons I wanted to watch this movie was because of the main actor, Henry Cavill, the new lead as Clark Kent in ‘Man of Steal’.  I really enjoyed his screen presence.  Interesting to see a British actor in the superman role, but he fit well in this movie.  He said his lines strongly, without arrogance that Russell Crowe has, but the beef that Gerald Butler has.

The rest of the roles were so so.  I don’t have anything to complain about them though, all done better than anything I could ever do.  I generally don’t like Mickey Rourke, he did a decent job though as the antagonist.  The female lead was stronger than most, played by the beautiful Freida Pinto.

The movie had amazing special effects.  Quite amazing actually.  I want to comment on this.  Many people believe that special effects don’t count when you review a movie.  I find this to be completely not true. I do though believe that the story needs to be strong, and the major focus behind the need for CGI.  I find it interesting that many movies include nudity, sometimes it just seems like it’s there to grab the teenager boys into the movie theater.   Imagine a musical without sets, the ‘Phantom of the Opera‘ without the chandelier falling down.  Watching a movie is an experience, if CGI adds to the experience, then so be it.  The CGI was gritty, like ‘300’, but it had it’s own twist on certain fight moves.  I especially liked how the Gods and Titans fought, it added a lot to the experience and even the story for me.

The story was a little weak, I will admit that.  As much as I enjoyed this movie, the story could have been more epic.  The final battle between the humans was weak, and needed a little more attention.  I’m not really sure why they went to war.  Was it because of the the one faction’s mistreatment?  I’m not sure.

I’m going to rate this higher than most people because I walked out really enjoying the movie I just watched, but I want to be fair to the film and criticize the bad story.  This movie earns a 75% from Attebiz Movie Reviews.  This is Nathan Atteberry signing off.

Unstoppable, Megamind, Next Three Days, Faster, and Skyline

Unstoppable

This is a good action movie.  The setup is simple, the action intense, the acting solid, the direction competent, and the events are surprisingly accurate to what actually happened.  I went in prepared to be critical of it because I got so sick of seeing trailers for it in front of EVERY SINGLE MOVIE this summer.  But about 25 minutes in, I noticed that I was getting wrapped up in the movie, and legitimately cared what happened to the characters.

Score: 81 out of 100

Megamind

An interesting take on the standard superhero story, this tells it from the perspective of the villain.  I’m not going to say too much about the plot, because I didn’t know a whole lot going in, and that really made the viewing experience better for me.  I’ll just say this much: the writing is sharp, the characters interesting, the movie uses 3D the way it should (giving the picture depth instead of just throwing stuff at the camera).  I will say that the main bad guy in the movie isn’t a particularly interesting character, but nobody’s perfect.

Score: 71 out of 100

Next Three Days

Russell Crowe tries to bust his wife out of prison after she is wrongfully (maybe) arrested and imprisoned.  It also starred Elizabeth Banks and directed by Paul Haggis (the guy known for such morally repugnant Oscar-bait as Crash and Million Dollar Baby).  By and large, I didn’t like this movie.  It was well made and well acted, but I’ve seen everybody inv

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olved do so much better.  Plus there’s a couple pretty big plot holes.  I’d say that Liam Neeson‘s role was a highlight, but pretty much everything he says and does was in the trailer.

Score: 52 out of 100

Faster

Another great action flick, this one starring the Actor Formerly Known As The Rock, Dwayne Johnson.  Another movie that I didn’t know a ton about going in, but that once again helped out my enjoyment of the film (I’m seriously sick of trailers that show everything.  It’s like a girl who flirts with you by taking off her shirt immediately.  Ever heard of anticipation?  Seriously.  But I digress.)  Faster is a great example of K.I.S.S.  Keep It Simple Stupid.  This movie has a relatively simple and straightforward delivery, which I think really suited it.  A lot of fun to watch.

Score: 79 out of 100

Skyline

Ever wonder what War Of The Worlds would look like if told from the perspective of the two extras who get attacked on a rooftop an hour and a half into the movie?  Yeah, neither did I.  Solid special effects and a really bad ass action scene don’t compensate for the stiff acting, weak script and unlikable characters.

Score: 35 out of 100

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