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Even Tim couldn't save this one...
on January 21, 2015
This coulda been a couple of fairly good movies. One would be the elderly professor regretting lost love and unfinished work, who is struck by lightning and suddenly is young again, who is beginning to develop strange super brain powers (his linguistic powers suddenly increase dramatically, he can absorb the content of books by just looking at the cover, he can make a bad guy shoot himself, etc) , who is hunted by the Nazis as a fascinating human specimen, and who is apparently developing sexual super powers as well, as he turns out the Nazi spy sent to seduce him. Another would be about the man whose life's work of identifying the Ur-language is suddenly greatly facilitated by his young wife being struck by lightning and manifesting the character of an ancient Indian woman who then begins to dream in older and older languages, and the pain of having to relinquish the quest for the Ur-language in order to save his wife from premature aging and death. Now in either or both of these movies, you would want to get Tim Roth. Even with Tim Roth, I don't know if you could actually make these movies successful, since the
philosophical and mystical doo dah that Coppola is apparently most interested in is really difficult to make interesting on film. Be that as it may, if you have Tim Roth getting younger, and seducing a Nazi with a swastika on her garter belt, and debating the issue of "what is real?" with his double, and floating naked in a bathtub, and chasing his distraught wife out onto a rock in the crashing sea, at least you have guaranteed yourself an enthusiastic and discerning female audience.