In the year 2095, a giant extraterrestrial pyramid appears
over New York. Inside, the ancient Egyptian god Horus is told
he has just seven days on Earth before his destruction. Seven
days to revisit the world he helped create, and mate with
the beautiful blue haired woman Jill Bioscopin. In order to
seduce Jill, Horus must find a human body capable of hosting
his own form. In his search for a body that can be possessed
without being destroyed, Horus leaves a trail of death and
bloodshed. He finally discovers Nikopol, a rebel leader who
has been cryogenically frozen for 30 years. Together Nikopol
and Horus pursue Jill, whose strange powers are being investigated
by Doctor Elma Turner...
(Ad Vitam) is based on the comic book characters created
by artist Enki Bilal, who also directed this movie. Shot entirely
on green screen, this blends computer animation with live
action footage to produce one of the most original movies
I've seen in years.
Immortal is incredibly beautiful. From the skyline
to the building interiors, a lot of thought has gone into
framing every shot so that, in a sense, this is very close
stylistically to a comic book. The
only downside is that every now and then there is a little
bit of bad animation that makes it look like a console game
cut sequence - this is particularly the case with some of
the fully computer animated characters. However, the skylines,
vehicles and actors, that are part computer animated, all
look the business.
also a hint of Blade Runner running through the film
- the look of the city buildings and vehicles are obviously
influenced by Ridley Scott's cult sci-fi movie.
be honest acting is not something that is that important in
this film. Both of the main characters (Jill and Nikopol)
have very little in the way of serious dialogue. It
also felt like the sex scenes were included as gratuitous
titillation. They didn't really add much to the film - although
I know there was a valid reason for their inclusion.
Rampling puts in an, as usual, solid performance as Doctor
Elma Turner, but her character doesn't seem to be fleshed
out very much. In fact that is probably my biggest criticism
of the film - that all of the characters, like comic book
creations, are all very two dimensional.
include Making of CGI (11 minute featurette); a Making
of documentary (36 mins); and three trailers.
the end of the day this is a good solid movie that works well
for the most part - just don't expect too much and you'll
come away happy.