Monday, January 29, 2018

The Wisdom of Crocodiles (1998)

Note: This film was released in the USA as "Immortality".

This film was a complete surprise for me, albeit a very pleasant one. By the generic description listed on it, I was expecting a Jack the Ripper type of plot and a very run-of-the-mill serial killer movie.

Not so, much to my delight.

Jude Law plays a serial killer with a very unusual quirk, he only kills women who have fallen deeply in love with him. He spends his time courting women in a manner that is so sincere that you sometimes forget that the romance is going to end very badly. But this Romeo is nothing if not a clever monster, and he enjoys playing a little cat-and-mouse with a detective who is highly suspicious of his dating habits.

While the story does have some supernatural elements to it, it doesn't go all-out crazy with them. You know that the villain doesn't seem to be entirely human, but he doesn't quite fit the description of the vampires that we're used to seeing.

The overall look and feel to the film is just lovely, as is the cinematography. It reminded me a lot of how Perfume was shot by way of visual beauty.

The violence takes a back seat in this film, as it is very character-driven with a great cast. The best way I can describe it would be to call it an "intelligent" horror film, where the villains aren't mindless chop-chop machines, the victims are not stereotypical, and the police on the case are not bumbling idiotic cannon fodder.

Info on IMDB: The Wisdom of Crocodiles

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