I’ve kind of been following two movies very closely over the past few months; mainly because I think there MPAA rating could perhaps make or break either film. The first film, Immortals, I have less hope in because it looks like just another 300 look alike, but this time by visionary director Tarsem Singh and starring Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, John Hurt and Freida Pinto. The film, which honestly does look like a heavily stylized swords and sandals epic does have some redeemable qualities though, like its cast mentioned above. The initial trailers sparked my curiosity, but then the following teasers and released footage made it quickly sink into the pile of forgotten. Sure, the visuals look flashy and pretty, but that doesn’t make a movie. When I go into this type of fantasy epic I want the sand to be soaked in blood, with limbs flying in every direction, which makes this announcement all the better. Box Office Mojo has announced the rating for Immortals and it is indeed an R, for sequences of strong bloody violence and a scene of sexuality.
Now I’m not saying the film is out of the woods yet, but at least we might be able to walk away from this one with a grin on our faces due to the epic carnage ensued or maybe it will still suck. I’m not exactly sure just yet, but at least there is something to look forward to in Immortals.
This other project is a bit more interesting. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance will mark the first PG-13 film by the crazy duo directing team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. Both worked previously on the insane Crank series as well as Gamer. There new take on Ghost Rider looks a lot more wacky and dark than the previous take, which made me question the rating. I figured that the MPAA would for sure want a PG-13 rating for the film, but then more and more footage leaked out as well as chats with the directors, who mentioned that Sony was 110% behind their vision for the character, played by Nicolas Cage.
We also can’t forget about the Marvel Knights tag, which was only used on Punisher: War Zone before this. The Knights logo is meant for mature audiences. Why use the logo if you’re not going to take advantage of it? I guess that’s a little harsh of me since I haven’t seen the film. Maybe Neveldine/Taylor did make a really dark film that managed to get away with a PG-13 rating or maybe they had to sacrifice a few things to make the cut, who really knows at this point? I’m not less excited about this news, but I am a little puzzled. Ghost Rider 2 is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence and some disturbing images and language.
What are your thoughts on these films? Excited for either of them?
Immortals opens up in theaters on November 11th, 2011 and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opens on February 17th, 2012.