Year: 1992

Production: Morgan Creek / Ronald Shusett / Warner Bros.

Director: Geoff Murphy

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, Rene Russo, Anthony Hopkins. Jonathan Banks

Screenwriter: Steven Pressfield, Ronald Shusett, Dan Gilroy

Based on Immortality (1958) by Robert Sheckley

108 minutes; Color

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, 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 racing-car driver (Estevez) just as he is about to die violently. Joe Alves' mildly cyberpunk production design owes a lot to Blade Runner (1982).

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