A year after Clash of the Titans proved to be a box office hit, it’s not surprising that a copycat emerged to try and share in its glory. Also not surprising: its copycat, Immortals, from director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall), is a superior movie in every way.
The trailer for the stylish new swords-and-sandals epic Immortalsis now online, and it looks… interesting. From director Tarsem Singh (The Cell) and written by Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanide, the movie is a hyper-stylized R-rated action film with bold speeches, beautiful women, angry men, angrier Gods and a whole lot of violence.
The first time I watched the trailer, I wasn’t blown away, but having watched it a second time… I’m looking forward to this movie. The action looks pretty cool, and the money shot with the four arrows at the end of the trailer is pretty bad ass.
It also provides an opportunity to see the new Superman Henry Cavill in action. He stars alongside Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luka Evans, Kellan Lutz, with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.
Immortals looks like it falls between 300 and Clash of the Titans, which isn’t necessarily a good thing. Both of those films were huge hits, but audiences will likely perceive it as a 300-wannabe. Furthermore, with the bad taste of Titans - which has much more brand recognition – it will also look like a movie attempting to capitalize on that film’s success.
Those perceptions are hard to shrug off. Relativity Media is going to have it’s hands full convincing audiences otherwise, but the trailer – with its slick visuals and powerful score – goes a long way. What do you think?
Sylvestor Stallone’s new movie The Expendables explodes into theaters on August 13 (exaggerated marketing pitch? Watch the trailer and tell me you think a better word is suited to describe its arrival), and that means many of his big movies are getting the Blu-Ray “special edition” makeover – along with a few of his pals’ old movies. With the Rocky movies already having received the full Blu-Ray treatment, it was only a matter of time before Lionsgate packaged all the Rambo movies into a nice, clean, bloody package.
Real-life couple Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke have signed onto star in Iron Man 2, the tentpole release set for 2010. Johansson will play Black Widow and Rourke will don the role of Whiplash.
Johansson and Rourke, who are by no means a couple, fill out an already impressive cast that now includes six Oscar winners or nominees and a Golden Globe nominee. In fact, practically everyone in the cast has been recognized for their acting talent at some point or another.