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I said this because the merit of 'Immortal' lies all in its visual imaginations. The film's story with many characters is very confusing, revealing its origin. The film is visually interesting for it was shot against the background of green-colored screen, on which the buildings or the landscapes of the city is digitally painted. The method is similar to that of 'Sky Captain', but the effects are quite different as I explain later.
[THE STORY] is complicated, and the film refuses to explain some part of it. 'Immortal' is set in the year of 2095, NEw York City, where cars are flying between the skyscrapers, but one strange thing is floating on the air -- that's a pyramid, out of which a naked man with a bird's head emerges. His name is Horus, a convicted deity who is given seven days to do something on Earth, borrowing the body of a convicted human Nikopol.
The nature of the crime of Nikopol (played by Thomas Kretschmann, 'The Pianist') is only vaguely suggested, but anyway Horus possesses his body, and controls him as he wishes. Then, his purpose will be clear when Nikopol/Horus approaches to a mysterious woman Jill (former Miss France Linda Hardy), whose skin is all white and whose blood is blue.
Kretschmann, Hardy, and Charlotte Rampling (as Jill's doctor) appear as live-action actors while most of the other characters are created with CGIs by a French studio.Read more ›
Some years ago I've seen part of Enki Bilal's "Nikopol trilogy" and was seduced by it's depurate drawing, soft colors and strange characters.
Still I bought this DVD without realizing it was based on that story. Just thinking it was a sci-fi flick.
I was gratefully surprised when recognized Bilal's iconography transported unchanged to the big screen.
The mix of live actors with animated characters gives the movie an enjoyable "special taste". I recon I'm not very exigent as to the quality of CG animation and techno-boost fireworks. I simply enjoy the visuals as they are.
The story is no simple, but usually movies derivate from comic books aren't.
In year 2095 a strange pyramid is stationed over NYC. From there Horus (an Egyptian god) emerges in search of a human body to possess. Unfortunately the unwilling host of this godly presence, if incompatible, is doom to death.
After some failures Horus is finally able to find his "receptor". At that moment the second divine quest starts. Possessed Nikopol is forced to find and seduce mysterious Jill Bioskop.
From here on cops, monsters, tycoons, politicians, aliens, cyborgs and the rest romp frantically chasing each other in earnest!
Charlotte Rampling as Dr. Turner is accurate and as gorgeous as she was at "Zardoz" (1974).Read more ›
That's what this movie was like: visually powerful, but baffling as a story. Ancient Egyptian gods come to Earth, in a massive pyramid poised over a major city. The city takes surprisingly little notice, until an exiled god seeks a human host body, then seeks a human female. OK, it's enough to carry the movie, but nothing spectacular. It's all the characters that make it work as an experience for the eyes, with their distortions, exaggerations, and unique visual style.
That style is carried in an alternation of live action sequences (with CG effects, of course), and animation on a par with Final Fantasy. The alternation wasn't quite seamless, but wasn't quite blatant enough to act as a narrative tool - I hope his future films make better use of each medium's strengths. The general styling stuck close to the subdued colors of Bilal's comics, even a restrained blue for the skin tones of the Jill, the female lead. Color dominates only in the final scene, richly enforcing the "new day dawning" theme.
"Immortal" is a remarkable crossover for a well-known comic artist, apparently adapted from his "Nikopol Trilogy" of DC comics. It's an exciting effort, and enough to keep me eager for more.
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An amazing film...really amazing - glad that I have a "hard-copy"....Published 1 month ago by Ashtabula
Movie is quite animated for the date it was debuted. Excellent storey line. But could have given watcher the translation between the god. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carrie Corley
Intensely strange, and a little graphic, but deeply philosophical and well worth the watch. 4/5 stars only because the CGI just didn't stand up to the test of time.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie, original and it was graphically intense for its day, its a permanent member of my collection and recommended to people everywhere.Published 6 months ago by Nick
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