Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Horror,Romance The Wisdom of the Crocodile (aka, Immortality, 1998)

The Wisdom of the Crocodile (aka, Immortality, 1998)

Amidst the gathering interest in vampire films so recently aroused by Twilight and the keen expectations seemingly placed upon promised sequels, viewers might find similar interest in a revisit to another splendid movie in the same genre with a highly similar flair for the romantic. One possessing masterful performances of both Jude Law and Elina Lowensohn, one whose use of customary vampire powers is secondary to intellectual prowess and to an ages-old acquired acumen for dealing with mankind. One where the vampire, Steven Grlscz succeeds more with style than brute force and where the opposite lead is a woman, Anne Labels, whose own in-depth adequacies come to hold their own against what would otherwise become just another unceremonious feeding.

Forces of circumstance press these issues when Steven’s alternatives become limited with police investigating the murder of one of his victims and at the same time he finds the one rarity he has for so long sought, and that might end the ages old cycle in which he has been placed.

Direction (Po-Chih Leong) and writing (Paul Hoffman) are exceptional in every aspect. Every element in cinematography is beautifully coordinated with storyline. Appreciation and use of Jude Law’s abilities to produce power in undertone is exquisitely exploited.

The lovely Elina Lowensohn’s mysterious depth brings to her role a convincing portrayal that she may indeed be Steven’s match. Twice, in the circumstances of separate scenes, this is amply suggested.

Foremost the movie verges on the tragic, a rare experience for any vampire. Any storyline, as one might expect, would have to be quite original to establish this.

It is, it does.

The story, in keeping with other subtleties, tells much with prop, like the notes Steven keeps as records of his “meals”…going back further and further as the leather sewn-in bindings signify. How he can cast a shadow, how his “knowing” exceeds explanation.

In the meaning of “crocodile” is the allowance of what lies in-common between man and vampire; which together form the film’s title.

No other film of this genre has given this reviewer (and he’s seen many) so many classic and thought-provoking lines to enjoy. Most all of which add to the movie’s richness and multi-faceted dimension.

No nudity, little harsh language, but a lot of adult conversation the kids might not enjoy as well as what is in Twilight. However, for adults, this is the heavy choice between the two.

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