Immortality (The Wisdom of Crocodiles) (2000)
In this cold tale of terror, a medical researcher's quest for the perfect love is hindered by his need for human blood. Darkly handsome Steven Griscz (Jude Law) is first seen at the scene of a terrible auto accident in which his latest lover has died. Shortly thereafter, the Bulgarian theoretician rescues a woman on the brink of committing suicide on the subway tracks. Her name is Maria (Kerry Fox) and ironically, though he brings her home for love and comfort, he is unable to control his ravening hunger, leaving another unsolved murder for the puzzled police to solve. Intrepid Inspector Healey (Jack Davenport) heads the investigation. Meanwhile Griscz finally finds his dream girl, a structural engineer named Anna (Elina Lowensohn). He admires Anna too much to have her meet the fate of the others, but as time passes and the detective draws closer, Griscz becomes increasingly hungry for fresh blood. … More
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Critic Reviews for Immortality (The Wisdom of Crocodiles)
A philosophical thriller that's no less intriguing for being murkily theological and ceaselessly artsy.
The Wisdom of Crocodiles benefits from handsome production design (Andy Harris) and photography (Oliver Curtis).
Raises the most profound issues about the difference between humans and animals, good and evil, truth and lies.
...so enigmatic and mysterious that by the time the movie's over, you still aren't entirely sure what just happened.
This pompous and dispassionate piece of vampire business leaves you longing for the ominous mists of Transylvania and midnight.
This film is probably really only best for fans of vampire films or stylish British erotic thrillers.
Any subtlety is lost in the broader superficiality of a work which fails to engage on an emotional level.
Wisdom of Crocodiles is a thought-provoking, memorable film that develops into a psychological shell game that leaves the viewer as breathless as the heroine.
Audience Reviews for Immortality (The Wisdom of Crocodiles)
Not bad. I was able to put my immense dislike of Jude Law on hold long enough to watch this, (mainly as I was interested to see Elina Lowensohn in something other than Nadja or the Hal Hartley movies).
This movie seems a little on the long side, even though it actually isn't, and an interesting spin on vampires is stretched a little thin, but on the whole, I didn't mind it.
Elina, as always, adds a quirky presence to this. She is definitely an underrated actress. Jude Law is pretty good too, and I don't generally say that, have not really liked him in anything since Gattaca.
Fans of the genre might enjoy this, although it is not especially violent and isn't a great deal of sex in it, which is unusual for a movie of this type. It is more of an arthouse take.
Very bizarre and very cheap looking. It's a straight-to-video in every way, but it's really interesting for some reason. It's essentially Jude law running around seducing girls and being a vampire. I just honestly have no idea what was going on here with the plot, it seemed like they were trying to update Dracula but I can't be sure.More
Jude Law as a vampire. Dammit, they know my weakness! This is a really seductive film, and the premise is fascinating. Although it takes a bit of a wrong turn near the end, it redeems itself at the last moment. It's hard to say what it is about this movie that's so compelling. It just is.More
This was actually a bit of a surprise. I was expecting absolute crap, and got an actually half decent film. The acting was good, especially Jude, and the story was at least different from most films.More
Immortality (The Wisdom of Crocodiles) Quotes
- Steven Grlscz:
- Everything hidden is theft.
- Steven Grlscz:
- Difficult, isn't it, doing the right thing?
- Steven Grlscz:
- I'm doing research on how extreme emotional staes can cause the body to form crystals.
- Anna Levels:
- I don't judge a book by its cover, I never look before I leap, I know that some things are better left unsaid, and that worrying is the devil's favorite pastime.
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