Monday, July 13, 2015

"Self/Less" movie agrees with film history: immortality is a drag

By John Patterson

HOLLYWOOD---Ever since Ponce de León landed in Florida in search of the mythic fountain of youth, the dream of limitless life has captivated the mind of mankind. But as Matthew Goode tells an ageing Ben Kingsley in Self/Less: “Immortality has some side effects.” He’s not kidding. It doesn’t work out the way Damian hopes it will, of course, because it never does. One way or another, you will pay for immortality. Dorian Gray paid. Jorge Luis Borges’ The Immortal paid. The Flying Dutchman paid. And Thomas Jerome Newton, the titular Man Who Fell to Earth, must also pay, as he watches everyone around him age and pass away. Long live death! [link]