Realive

2016

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Oona Chaplin as Naomi
Charlotte Le Bon as Elizabeth
Tom Hughes as Marc Jarvis
Barry Ward as West
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Alison 9 / 10

The Perils of Reanimation

Marc Jarvis (Tom Hughes) is a rich, young, successful artist who is suddenly told that he has cancer and has at most a year to live. He decides to freeze his body in the hopes that future medicine can cure him, but his girlfriend Naomi (Oona Chaplin) is horrified that he means to take his own life in order to ensure that his body is in as good condition as possible when he dies. Nevertheless, he does just that? only to wake up some 60 years later; Dr. West (Barry Ward) and his team have learned, through trial and error, how to reanimate frozen humans. Marc is their first complete success, and with the help of nurse/assistant Elizabeth (Charlotte Le Bon), Marc struggles to find meaning in his new existence, while his long-ago past still pulls at his heart?. I'm not sure why this is a Spanish film as it's in English and features British actors; but, no matter. It's a really thoughtful science fiction film that addresses not only technological advances but the moral and ethical problems associated with them. I very much liked Tom Hughes (who looks a bit like Cillian Murphy) because he was able to take his character through a very complex maze of emotional realities; then again, everybody in this film is good. Interestingly, the problem of how to portray the future was solved by simply having Marc remain in the facility in which he was reborn, because his body was not strong enough (yet) to adapt to outside conditions; a neat explanation that means the viewer isn't taken out of the picture by seeing a future world that looks cheesy or contrived or otherwise unnatural. Well done, filmmakers!

Reviewed by gavin6942 9 / 10

Stop Drilling, You've Hit Oil!

Marc Jarvis (Tom Hughes) is diagnosed with terminal cancer and is given one year left to live. Unable to accept his own end, he decides to freeze his body. Sixty years later, in the year 2084, he becomes the first man to be revived in history. It is then he discovers that the love of his life, Naomi (Oona Chaplin), has accompanied him this entire time in a way that he had never expected.Writer-director Mateo Gil had already made a name for himself as the writer of such films as "The Sea Inside" (2004) and "Open Your Eyes" (1997). Anyone who has not seen these should, and don't just see the American remake of "Open Your Eyes". Sure, "Vanilla Sky" has its moments, but it's a mess compared to its Spanish original. Gil is now making his mark as director with "Realive", which hits all the right notes.First of all, the casting is flawless. Oona Chaplin (GAME OF THRONES) plays a complicated love interest, whose ambivalence towards Marc will potentially divide audiences. Her future counterpart is Charlotte LeBon (THE WALK), who has a striking look and plays her role in such a way that you have to wonder if she represents all women of the future ? in some ways, they seem to have regressed back to male subservience (though the film does not explore this much). Of course, Tom Hughes (ABOUT TIME) carries the film and goes through a variety of emotions, not to mention physical appearances. Tom, keep your cell phone handy, because your agent is about to be bombarded with offers.Gil, wearing his writing hat, has crafted a serious piece of science fiction. The best science fiction is grounded in reality, and yet pushes the limits in such a way to challenge us intellectually and ethically. This script hits those marks, and will leave thoughtful audiences talking long after the credits roll. This is the sort of film that finds its way into medical ethics classrooms.There are a few light touches, with the names "Victor" and "West" being clear homages to "Frankenstein" and "Re-Animator". The idea of flying cars is mentioned, and cleverly dismissed ? Gil is wise enough to project that the future has medical advances, but not the sort of world we see in "Blade Runner", "The Fifth Element" or "The Jetsons". One only has to look at the difference between 1916 and 2016 to realize that changes will happen, but certainly not in such a drastic shift as some writers imagine.The range of issues mentioned is vast. Assuming we could re-animate a frozen corpse (which seems plausible), what does this mean for the human soul? If we accept that Heaven or Hell exist, does bringing a body back to life mean that the soul is pulled from a burning inferno and re-interred to a body? Maybe the body would no longer have a soul? Or, as "Realive" suggests, the notions of an afterlife are false? which only opens up a whole other can of worms about religion and morality.And what of medical ethics? The appeal to be frozen and brought back is clear, and some of us do yearn for a world where we can be immortal. As the doctor of the film wittily says, "Immortality is only a matter of time." But should we allow people to live forever? What of overpopulation? And what lengths need to be gone through in order to bring someone back from the dead (or from being frozen)? One disturbing scene (which parallels a scene in Alex Garland's "Ex Machina") makes us realize that science is not a miracle, but a series of trial and error ? and the errors can get messy.Some parts of the film are stronger than others. The idea of a "mind writer" that can record memories seemed far-fetched and unnecessary. The misuse of such a device (not explored here) could be devastating. But overall, this is a strong science fiction film, perhaps one of the best of the decade, and quite possibly Gil's best work yet. "Realive" premiered at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival and should be released to a wider audience soon.

Reviewed by disloes 9 / 10

a point of view (possible spoiler)

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Reviewed by kosmasp 9 / 10

Who wants to freeze forever?

This is a medical film. And depressing in the way that other films show when they confront the idea of your death (and a calendar to it, such as passengers). One import an idea around is "who are you?" are you your possessions?..or are your memories?. The first idea is when he is preparing for his real dead, giving away his material possessions, and the other when in the future, feels that he is isolated only with his memories. He doesn't belong to the future and is introverted with the "memory glasses". But this idea isn't new. Today we have older people that feels the same. They feel that their time has gone, and are isolated with this memories, an feel they don't belong to the new age. They show that aging is getting tired (Psychologically). Something incredible when you are Young and plenty of life, but this shows in many old people. They have lost their energy, and are tired of living. So, the idea of being immortal...wouldn't be even more tiresome?excuses for my English.!

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