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half and half
written by rarcher April 2, 2006 - 11:18 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
i really like enki bilal's books, especially the nikopol series
and a lot of this film i thought worked and looked great
my main complaint is the use of digital humans - they looked AWFUL, like 4th rate video game animation - the rest looks really fantastic - i really don't understand why you would waste the time and money doing motion capture and animation when you could just slap some make up on some humans and it would look better
what a disappointment
other than that, i really enjoyed the film but these things show up really abruptly, like "where the hell did this come from? did we just change movies?"

This One May Actually Be Timeless
written by talltale June 27, 2005 - 8:49 PM PDT
8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
I'm not sure whether IMMORTAL is an instant classic, but it's the best sci-fi I've seen in a long while. By leaps and bounds. I'm unfamiliar with the work of Enki Bilal, who does the original comic book art from which the film takes off and who "directed" this one (along with his crack staff of computer animators). The look of this movie is different from anything else I have encountered. Yes, there's some "Fifth Element" here, but evidently that film, as well as movies dating back to "Blade Runner" have cribbed from Bilal's ideas and art. "Immortal" combines partially-animated with totally animated art then adds real people in a manner more original, surprising and noteworthy than did the much-ballyhooed "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow." It offers a more interesting, allusive story, too. While it may initially confuse you, stick with it, and you'll find it pays off.

Combining deities of ancient Egypt with futuristic power-hungry humanoids, a (mostly) mortal hero and soon-to-be-one heroine, Bilal has a charming way of humanizing his gods while turning his humans into more than mere mortals. Oh, yeah--the movie's sexy, too. Unlike most futuristic films that sport "dark" sets and scenery, this one is never dull or drab. Everywhere you look there's something to delight you--if you can tear your eyes and mind away from keeping pace with the weird, magical story. The producing team has assembled an excellent cast for the leads: Linda Hardy, new to me, makes a striking heroine, Jill; Thomas Kretschmann ("Downfall," "The Pianist." "Head in the Clouds") is a sexy hero with just the right amount of rumpled charm; Charlotte Rampling actually seems warmer and kinder than usual as the humane doctor who befriends Jill; even the voice of Thomas Pollard (as the leading Egyptian deity) adds some appreciated spice to this mix.

Whatever you end up deciding, "Immortal" is a must-see for genre fans. That the film was never released theatrically in the U.S. speaks volumes about (1) the refusal of our major and independent distributors to take chances and (2) our country's increasingly dumbed-down, mainstream tastes--even among supposedly hard-core sci-fi fans.


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