Immortality

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Stephen Griscz, the protagonist of The Wisdom of Crocodiles, is a handsome but enigmatic man of many talents. He is also an incurable womanizer, always searching for the perfect woman. But all his relationships end in tragedy, which arouses the suspicions of police officer Healey. One day, Stephen meets Anne, an engineer who is also a very strong woman and definitely much better than all the others. Anne is intrigued by Stephen's strange airs. But soon it becomes clear that only one of them will survive the ...
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Stephen Griscz, the protagonist of The Wisdom of Crocodiles, is a handsome but enigmatic man of many talents. He is also an incurable womanizer, always searching for the perfect woman. But all his relationships end in tragedy, which arouses the suspicions of police officer Healey. One day, Stephen meets Anne, an engineer who is also a very strong woman and definitely much better than all the others. Anne is intrigued by Stephen's strange airs. But soon it becomes clear that only one of them will survive the relationship. Po Chih Leong, who launched his film career as an editor with the BBC and went on to become a television producer in Hong Kong, made his directorial debut in 1976 and has since directed over a dozen features in English and Chinese before this British production. The Wisdom of Crocodiles was screened at the Montreal World Film Festival 1999.
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Handsome, monied, educated, and with a bright future in the medical profession, Steven Griscz (Jude Law) would seem to be the perfect suitor. But he has a disturbing secret: He's a serial killer who slays his girlfriends only after they have fallen in love with him. It has something to do with his rare blood disease, which we can only hope is extremely rare. Director Po-Chih Leong creates and sustains a singularly eerie tone in this non-traditional vampire saga that recalls the sickening psychological ploy of Michael Powell's horror classic Peeping Tom. Law's clever, tortured, very glib modern-day vampire is a refreshing contrast to the typical portrayal of bloodsuckers, but even better is Elina Lowensohn's unexpected reaction when she discovers her new paramour's condition. This is not an action movie, which is another refreshing aspect; it is verbally oriented, with Law turning on the charm not just to lure women into his life but to keep them there, as it is essential to his fevered mind that they must love him before their blood can save him. That said, the bloodlust of the finale is not for the squeamish, but the quiet chills and horrific thrills of the majority of the film will appeal to those looking for something quite different in their horror: the real thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2012
  • UPC: 096009781392
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jude Law Steven Grlscz
Elina Löwensohn Anna Levels
Timothy Spall Inspector Healey
Kerry Fox Maria Vaughn
Jack Davenport Detective Roche
Colin Salmon Martin
Rick Lamont Toll Bridge Attendant
Ashley Artus Gang Leader
Technical Credits
Po-Chih Leong Director
Dorothy Berwin Executive Producer
Carolyn Choa Producer
Oliver Curtis Cinematographer
Bill Dodkin Sound/Sound Designer
Orlando Gough Score Composer
Michelle Guish Casting
Andy Harris Production Designer
Simon Hinkley Asst. Director
Paul Hoffman Screenwriter
David Lascelles Producer
John Lunn Score Composer
Scott Meek Executive Producer
Colin Nicolson Sound/Sound Designer
Robin Sales Editor
Ben Scott Art Director
Anna Sheppard Costumes/Costume Designer
Nigel Stafford-Clark Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Immortality
1. Chapter 1 [8:59]
2. Chapter 2 [8:59]
3. Chapter 3 [9:00]
4. Chapter 4 [8:59]
5. Chapter 5 [9:00]
6. Chapter 6 [9:00]
7. Chapter 7 [9:00]
8. Chapter 8 [8:59]
9. Chapter 9 [9:00]
10. Chapter 10 [18:12]
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    very... interesting.

    I'm not one for vampires; I'll start there. That said, this movie can be enjoyed by anyone, I believe. One thing I found interesting about this film is that Jude Law's character is somewhat scientific about his vampirism. It's a bit of a classic predator/prey scenario as he seduces women and then attacks while he has them relaxed and trusting in his bed, but when he bites their neck, he produces little crystals from them and catalogues them. It reminds me of when monks or other persons of great spiritual wealth die, similar crystalline deposits (called "relics") can be found in their bodies, each one unique to the individual. The plot is a bit predictable, as in almost any vampire story. It's tough trying to keep a vampire lifestyle inconspicuous in today's world, so naturally there arise complications with that, and then he finds a woman that he wants to seduce but not kill, so there's more drama with that.

    All around, it's a very interesting film. It's not too scary or gory (and that's probably an understatement, because I'm a total wuss about gore and scary movies) and the acting is good enough to keep you in the story.

    Best viewed with an ice-cold martini or a bloody mary. ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stay Away From This JUNK!!!

    Immortality is a horrible movie. I don't have a single clue what it was really about. Jude's a great actor, don't get me wrong, but he shouldn't be in this kind of stuff. I think he maybe was a vampire or something and needed victims to live. Anne was very annoying and I didn't see why she was so special compared to the other girls, and I was also confused as to if they were even in love. Somehow, I managed to erase this movie from my memory so I don't have many other reasons to justify why it's so bad, but I can't erase the fact that it IS bad. I was going to get it for my roommate for TWO DOLLARS at the local record store as a joke present, because she's resented me ever since we rented it, but I couldn't bring myself to spend that much money on it. So, basically, I'm warning you to avoid this one at all costs.

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