Few figures in America ever hold serious political power for half a century.
Using flashback, the plot jumps back and forth in time. The aging FBI director dictates his memoirs while the screen illustrates the stories he tells. He begins with the anti-communist raids of the 1920s and the Lindbergh baby kidnapping. Shootouts with gangsters, civil rights demonstrations and the
But all these major historical events get brief mention on screen. They take a back seat to lengthy speculation about Hoover's odd personal life. This minimizes the impact of the big issues that could have been the heart of this film. It diminishes the full force this well-crafted film might have had.
Immortals is more style than substance
Not even the most dazzling eye candy (okay, not
Everything is so stylish – even the weapon of mass destruction has sequins – perhaps the producers of "300" thought we wouldn't notice a story that makes little sense. This is such a muddle of Greek mythology. And who knew Zeus, Poseidon and the gang did Pilates.
King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) is seeking a trophy (did he just call it the Epilator?) that will make him immortal and maybe remove chest hair too. He is also on a mad quest for the Virgin Oracle (the lovely Frieda Pinto) who knows where it is.
She gets a vision of Theseus (stalwart
If you like human shish kebab, this is your movie. Mickey Rourke gouges, impales and smashes nearly every living thing in his path with relish (hold the mustard).
We are warned that if the Epilator is found, it will unleash mayhem beyond all comprehension. Guess that means a sequel.
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.