In March 1963, over 300 inmates from Alcatraz were transferred from the prison and it was permanently shut down…. Or were they? DUM Dum dum!!!

The premise for this new TV show is that everyone inside Alcatraz (in San Francisco) had actually vanished, gone without a trace, leaving the US government to create a massive (surprise surprise) cover-up!! Fast-forward to the present and they start re-appearing and killing people. It’s produced by none other than the grand-daddy of out of left-field ideas – J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Super 8, Lost, need I say more). The plot is so far out there that it sometimes ruins the immersion and makes you actually feel stupid for watching. HOWEVER (before people start slapping me around), it has actually found something unique and is decent to watch.

The cast, made up of Emerson Hauser (played by Sam Neill….. hmm, inmates brought back from the past….Dinosaurs brought back to life…..see a pattern here), Rebecca Madsen (played by Sarah Jones), Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra) and Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia – who plays the nerdy-yet-loveable Alcatraz obsessed nerd extremely well). The acting is generally quite good and with Sam Neil and his ‘unique’ eye-brow squishing facial expressions make the series quite entertaining.

Each episode sees a new Villain returning with a hunger to kill!!! This, thrown in with a conspiracy theory of ’is someone behind it?’ and ‘why now?’ has thus far, kept me interested in watching.

The Character development is quite good and you end up caring for them. The story line has kept Sam Neill’s character a bit of a mystery which I find to be quite interesting as, in true Abrams fashion, leaves us in a constant state of ‘BUT WHY DOES HE DO THIS… IS HE REALLY WHO HE SAYS HE IS!!!’

I recommend watching this, particularly if you were a fan of Fringe or detective shows. I warn you C.S.I. fanatics out there, there are no ‘watch how the bullet went through the body’ type of scenes as its more logical detective work, where they try and pin down when and where the next murder will happen. In the first episode, the acting seems to be a bit forced but it smoothens out as the first season rolls on.

Acting – 4/5 (Especially Sam Neil who really sells the mystery of his character)

Plot – 3/5 (for trying to turn actual events round on their head)

Enjoyability – 4/5

Overall – 1/5  …… just kidding,  4/5

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Wow, The Immortals is possibly the absolute BEST FILM EVER. No, I am not bought by the director…..honest….

Well, if I truthfully meant that then I probably deserve to be slapped by a sardine wielding Zeus. I don’t even know where to begin with this one, I’ve seen a number of bad films in my time but my God, this one takes the cake. Let’s begin with the story line. The film takes place in the onset of a war between the god fearing Greeks and the rebellious titan worshippers. Here, King Hyperion (played by Mickey Rourke in possible his worst acting job ever) tries to find a magical enchanted bow which will allow him to release the titans, defeat the gods and take OVER THE WORLD!!!  MUHAHAHA…..sorry, couldn’t resist.

Theseus (played by Henry Cavill) is chosen by Zeus (Luke Evans) to fight Hyperion and his army of facially scarred and grotesque rather gladiator sized men. As the plot suggests, the movie is expected to be action packed, full of sword-wielding action. In this respect it does not disappoint. The film is also quite gory, full of blood splatter and brains being smashed in (always fun to watch). This, however, is not enough to save this film from the acting prowess of a one-year-old-baby.

The leading Lady, Phaedra (played by Freida Pinto) is a prophet with the ability to see into the future (wow, how original, as if every other film set in this era doesn’t have a sight-seer…).

Aside from the acting, the plot does have some questionable moments which will leave you thinking; ‘why did this happen in the first place!’ The main Villain is the ‘if you fail me, i’ll kill you’ type, which leaves me thinking; ‘WHY THE HELL DOES HE HAVE SO MANY SOLDIERS FOLLOWING HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!’

Character development is also a joke. Aside from Theseus and Phaedra, you couldn’t care less if any of the other characters die (and a lot of them do). The only way I can justify someone watching this film is if they are bored at home and have already seen all the other ancient Greek-era films out there.

Trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VdONYkKFmQ

Acting – 1/5

Plot – 2/5 (Greek Mythology has been overdone)

Enjoyability – 2/5

Overall – 1.5/5