The film: Immortal Ad Vitam
The guest: JON!!!
2004 saw a slew of “Digital Backlot” films being released, stateside and abroad. The films Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Casshern, and Immortal (Ad Vitam) were the first out of the gate, with Sin City following in 2005. With the exception of Sin City, each of these films were sci-fi. It’s only obvious as to why these films were shot via ‘db’. And none more obvious than Immortal.
This film centers on two lead characters: Nikopol, a political prisoner turned fugitive, and a blue-haired alien refugee named Jill. Their paths cross when soon-to-be-dead Horus (yes, that Horus) embarks on a mission that will further his own legacy to the detriment of anyone who might cross him. Thrown into the mix is corrupt government, a police investigation relating to Nikopol, scientific experiments having to do with Jill assimilating from alien to human (because this is the kind of movie in which that can happen), and a red hammerhead shark monster. All of which is set in a futuristic New York City by way of French sci-fi comics illustrated and written by Enki Bilal, who just so happens to be this film’s director.
It all seems so kitchen sink-ish, as well as derivative (comparisons to 5th Element can be made, as well as Matrix Revolutions – though not the chop-socky stuff). But it’s undeniable that Bilal has a vision here, and this is his valiant attempt at bringing it to life with weird CG characters peppered among the living, and a story that seems too much for so little that happens.
To understand all of this, Jon and I try to sift through the themes of this strange tale of “Horus wants to make a baby” that is called Immortal (Ad Vitam).