Immortal (2004)

Immortal (2004)

Released: 2004
Genre: Action, Animation, Crime, Genre
Director: Enki Bilal
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Thomas Kretschmann, Linda Hardy, ,
Run time: 103 min
IMDb: 6/10
Country: France
Views: 110569

Synopsis

Storyline:
This movie is set in the year 2095, hence the presence of mutant humans and extraterrestrials. The main character is known as Jill. She is not human. When she is discovered by Dr. Elma Turner she is found to be the most interesting genetic test subject Turner has ever come across. Her organs are not in the right place, she has no memory and her internal biological age appears to be only three months old. Turner gives her a break, giving her an identity card and a place to stay, in exchange for Jill being her guinea-pig to work on and discover more about. Nicopol is a frozen prisoner who is due to be released a year after the film is set. There is a problem in the frozen prisoners’ ward and several are thrown down to the ground (dying in the process), including Nicopol, but he lives and only loses a leg. There is a lot more to this story but I can’t disclose it in this summary; I don’t have the words.
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User Reviews: This is a very stylish and artistic movie, but it doesn’t forget to tell a story. It is all done in bleak and washed out colors. It is a poetic movie; while the genre is science fiction, the author obviously could not care less for real science fiction. It’s just design material, just as the piece of Egyptian mythology. The story line is straight, and has a style that is a mix between french and Japanese comics. It has the deadly epic seriousness of anime, and the designwork is both kitsch and awesome at the same time, as is customary for the french metal hurlant style. And, most refreshing, there is not a hint of Hollywood in this. So, sit back and let it flow.

I give the movie nine out of ten, but I can’t say I feel hungry for more. No, what I’d like to see on the screen is some real science fiction. Not Star Wars crap and not poetic artistry, but the real thing, a modern novel by the likes of Iain M. Banks or Greg Egan adapted for the screen. Sadly enough, sf for the movies is becoming something that is exploited for it’s kitschy futuristic themes and it’s design and action possibilities, rather than a way to express the true visions the bookshelves are actually overflowing with. But here’s still hoping…

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