Film (1992). Morgan Creek/Ronald Shusett/Warner Bros. Directed by Geoff Murphy. Written by Steven Pressfield, Ronald Shusett, Dan Gilroy, based on Immortality Delivered (October 1958-February 1959 Galaxy as "Time Killer"; 1958; exp vt Immortality, Inc. 1959) by Robert Sheckley. Cast includes Jonathan Banks, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Hopkins, Mick Jagger and Rene Russo. 108 minutes. Colour.
From the producers of Total Recall (1990) and the New Zealand director of The Quiet Earth (1985), this disappointing adaptation jettisons much that was interesting in the original book, including the metaphysical speculation about the relation of mind to body and the "scientific" explanations of ghosts (see Supernatural Creatures), Zombies and a technological Immortality. This is a thriller set 20 years in the future, when rich people with ailing bodies transfer their personalities into healthy bodies hijacked from the past (including our present). Jagger is rather good as the sinister and ubiquitous bodysnatcher who grabs a racing-car driver (Estevez) just as he is about to die violently. Joe Alves's mildly Cyberpunk production design owes a lot to Blade Runner (1982). [PN]
Previous versions of this entry