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4.0 out of 5 stars THE CONVENTION OF GAMES, 26 July 2005
This review is from: Immortal [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
STYLE! STYLE!! STYLE!!! - if you're looking for a deck stacked with nothing but spades - then IMMORTAL is for you. Bold, brashy, painted wall to wall with ideas, effects and art IMMORTAL is one of those rare films that manages to get so much right, that any and all flaws are easily ignored, missed or left to slide.
While not a perfect film - it does deliver. As with most sci-fi / fasntasy films that deal with the future we often have only two options: CLEAN or DIRTY (or to put a more intellectual spin on it: UPTOPIA or DYSTOPIA) and IMMORTAL goes for the dirty, sometimes dank but unlike, say BLADE RUNNER - not the dark. The film leans more towards (and often ends up in bed with) THE FIFTH ELEMENT - and there perhaps lies its greatest flaw. While not a lift from the film - there are a number of similar themes and ideas that intrude on the story. Super-duper female. Average kind of guy - flying cars, superpowers, Gods and god-like problems abound right up until the end (there's even a MATRIX moment with BLUE and RED pills). There's also a strong vibe from a little seen film called UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD - while that film does not have anything near the kind of story that IMMORTAL does - there seems to be a ghost of that tone here as well. This is not a bad thing.
The story is at once complex and yet very direct. Things move from one point to the next in a pretty linear fashion. Everything happens over the course of seven days - but the back story has been going on since time began. But not everything is explained to you. There are moments where you'll have to make up your own mind and come up with your own conclusions as to what is really going on. I hesitate to give anything away because it's a film best watched cold (and while I've compared the film to THE FIFTH ELEMENT don't let that blind you to IMMORTAL).
The film mixes and matches computer antimated characters and live actors to great effect. While you never truly forget that the animated players are anything but computer generated - they do react and act well enough to draw you into the world. It's great work both big and small.
IMMORTAL is not for everyone. But for those that have loved this style of story telling and this style of art then IMMORTAL is a must have for any collection.
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