Colin Timothy Gagnon (sacredspud) wrote,
Colin Timothy Gagnon

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Immortel (sic)

Last night I watched a film called Immortel ad vitam. I might have mentioned it several months ago when I first saw the trailer, which had intrigued me. It had been recommended as "probably a cyberpunk movie," but now that I've seen it, it fits doesn't really fit into the cyberpunk genre. I guess it probably doesn't meet my criteria for sci-fi either, but it's French. The French classified The Fifth Element and The City of Lost Children as science fiction, so what the hell do I know?

Anyway, the movie takes place in New York in the year 2095 where humans and aliens coexist (more or less). The plot concerns the ancient Egyptian god Horus. Horus is being judged and is granted seven days to find and impregnate a woman capable of procreating with a god (the French have an uncanny knack for turning genre fiction into softcore porn). He needs a vessel to travel in, so he revives a political dissident from cryogenic hibernation and takes over his body. Then things start to get weird.

Immortel looks really good. It was filmed using the same technique as Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, in that the actors and some of the props were real, but everything else is CGI. Apparently there's some controversy as to which movie did it first. If I understand what I've read correctly, the entire movie was pre-rendered shot by shot before principal photography began. I didn't actually notice the soundtrack which means that I'm indifferent to it, but that's not a bad thing. Almost all of the dialogue is in English which is not uncommon for French movies expected to do well in international markets.

I think I liked Immortel, but I'd have to see it again to decide. I expected a standard French sci-fi movie (more explosions and nudity), so I foolishly spent the first third (or so) of the film paying bills and balancing my checkbook. As a result, I completely missed some important exposition. There was a major subplot involving a senator's re-election campaign which I didn't understand at all. When looked it up online, I found that the film is based on a comic book series I've never heard of called The Nikopol Trilogy. I gather there's a lot more information in the comics than in the movie which seemed fairly plot-heavy.

Anyway, if anybody else has seen it, I'd like to discuss it so that I can figure out what the hell it was about.
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