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Nyc, Year 2095. A Floating Pyramid Has Emerged In The Skiesabove, Inhabited By Ancient Egyptian Gods. They Have Castjudgment Down Upon Horus, One Of Their Own. Now He Must Find Ahuman Host Body To Inhabit & Search For A Mate To Continue Hisown Life.
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The story is a bit strange - ancient gods appear in a pyramid over New York in 2095. The god Horus has one week on Earth to preserve his immortality and the movie spends the balance of the 102 minutes following his journey. One problem (and there are many) is that it's never explained why the gods have arrived and why Horus has been placed on 7 days notice. While I guess this is not a deal-breaker, the film then explores the much-changed Earth but also doesn't explain how it has changed so much with aliens and a strange corporation called Eugenics that seems to run everything. The story is just so big there wasn't enough time to explain everything properly (or at all....).
The special effects are impressive in scale but less so in execution (very dated now but this film was made in the early 2000s). I have to respect the filmmakers for their vision. Unfortunately the Blu-ray picture quality isn't the best and very soft most of the time. But the audio is great with a Dolby Tru-HD 5.1 soundtrack.
In the end it was an interesting experience watching this film but there are just too many issues to elevate the production above 'good'.
A better comparison would be to Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow - I movie I really can't watch any more simply because 1) I can't stand the characters, and 2) The SFX literally gives me a headache! Immortal has a far superior plot, storyline and SFX. Remember - it's a graphic novel brought to the screen, so it retains much of that look and feel.
Better to think of a blending of the Fifth Element and the Anime "Sin."
As for Immortal, the emphasis - and the audience focus should be on - the story, not the SFX. Even with that caveat, it is stunning eye candy, and Nikopol is the kind of character you can really wrap your mind around. General observations: The blue haired babe (Jill Bioskop) seems to be inspired by Farscape's Chiana. Watch it several times to catch odds and ends you may have missed - and to experience the imagery. The detail and amount of visuals is simply stunning. Too much to catch in a single viewing.
So my friends and I sat down to watch this movie and we all agreed that the visualizations were well done. Except for one point... when the film shifted from having real humans to having CG humans and then it shifted back and forth. In a few scenes it was humans interacting with CG characters, but those were few and far between. The change was so sudden that it just felt weird, and we were left wondering why the director thought this was a good idea. Later we theorized that it was probably the people that had some sort of disease that was referenced in the film. However, I would've liked to have gotten more explanation on this. Then we saw the senator and thought maybe it wasn't all for those people. Ultimately... we got confused.
Most of the script is pretty interesting and conceptually it's quite enthralling. The black mark against this film is that they leave a lot of questions out there. Such as why the gods are doing what they do? I realize it's to mate with a female, but what's the point of that? They never really explain the reason for the need... just that they want to do it. It certainly brings up some very interesting parallels to history and the birth of demigods, which are fraught throughout historical writings. It is pretty obvious that the director is into history, especially the religious kind judging by his name. Enki is a Sumerian/Persian deity and "Bilal", I assume, is some perversion of the name Belial, also of Persian origin.
If you pay close attention to the film, you'll follow it on a decent level. But there are parts that you just get lost with. This obviously happens when the gods are speaking Egyptian and there are no words on the screen to tell me the translation unlike in "Stargate." Imagine how lost you would be watching "Stargate" with no translations! That's kind of the effect I walked away with on this film during those scenes.
Overall it's a decent movie. I think the director was a little over ambitious in creating this world. It felt like he tried to cram thousands of years of history into a two hour package and hope that the audience could fill in the gaps logically. I mean some of it was obvious, like the flying car stints, I can definitely figure out they are influenced by films like "The Fifth Element." Only he tried to combine the design with like a 1920's styled vehicle and an electric subway type of design... only all this is in the air. See, that kind of thing I can backtrack. The strange mutants because of a disease were a little harder to figure out, since I really don't have much of a historical reference for mutation other than the atomic bombs being dropped and the accident at Chernobyl. Either way, I think you get my point. The world is too big for people to just figure out on their own. The visuals do make up for this in their own way, because it's a beautifully dark film in its own right. I say give it a chance, but I hardly think it's worth owning as I don't see it to have all that much re-watch value.