An impromptu goodbye party for Professor John Oldman becomes a mysterious interrogation after the retiring scholar reveals to his colleagues he is an immortal who has walked the earth for 14,000 years.
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(huge spoiler) The premise seems like a trap that gets the viewer set up for a rant about christianity. Huge disapointment. There was some potential in that (somewhat) fragile premise. But the way it develops makes it feel fake. There are ways to address christianity, religion, and myth, more directly (or more interestingly). Maybe I am just disapointed about how this did not feel sci-fi at all.
This film is more like a stage play which consists of basically dialogues for the entire run time. A good narrative with engaging insightful dialogues although at some point it came out as a little bit over the top. However, the cinematography was a bit off-putting, it felt like a cheesy TV show. Well, it's a weak show technically but with interesting premise.
Made for a paltry $200,000 but set aloft by bold ideas, this is a fine example of what can be accomplished with mere words exchanged in a room. The comparisons to Twilight Zone/Star Trek are apt: Bixby's writings have contributed to both shows. This is his final work, a dying man's coda to a life of grand imagination.
Easily one of the most courageous films I've seen in years. Even in a proper sci-fi setting (let's say a space-ship, or a different planet) the concept of immortality always feels a bit shaky, but try to picture it in a 21st century living room, with no SFX and very little music? This is good. Like, really good.
Such an interesting concept. If it had been given a slightly higher budget it could have been even better, but I still really like what we got. The acting isn't amazing, but it is completely carried by the yarn it spins. Depending on religious position, others may have a different opinion of it, since one of the characters was essentially written as a strawman representing Christians. Nonetheless, very bold sci-fi.