When you’re a well-known filmmaker who has only directed two movies in the past decade, typically it either means that you choose your projects very carefully or you have a hard time getting films off the ground. In the case of Tarsem Singh, he spent the last five years or so trying to get someone to release his passion project The Fall, and was finally bailed out by David Fincher and Spike Jonze. Now he is returning to the relative safety of a genre movie for his third film Immortals, an epic fantasy action film based on Greek mythology. However, for someone who has such a reputation for being an avante garde director, I was surprised by just how commercial this looks.
It makes sense that they are marketing the movie as another 300, and the fact that it is produced by some of the same folks only makes the influence that much more pronounced. Still, I was hoping for something a little more original here. Admittedly, some of the visuals do look pretty cool, and seeing Mickey Rourke in the cast is a bit of a selling point, but there are A LOT of slow-mo action scenes, CG backdrops, and manly men yelling out inspirational speeches. Hasn’t this all been done before? Immortals also stars Henry Cavill, aka the new Superman, along with Freida Pinto, John Hurt, Kellan Lutz, Luke Evans, Stephen Dorff and Stephen McHattie. What do you think, will this end up being something more than just a Zack Snyder knockoff? Immortals hits theatres on November 11th; check out the trailer after the jump.