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Forever (2004)

 |  Short, Sci-Fi  |  26 August 2004 (UK)
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When Sturges is sent to investigate the strange and solitary figure of John Reilly, he has to open his mind to the impossible: Reilly has lived for nearly 400 year and now Reilly looks to Sturges to release him from his immortality.

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When Sturges is sent to investigate the strange and solitary figure of John Reilly, he has to open his mind to the impossible: Reilly has lived for nearly 400 year and now Reilly looks to Sturges to release him from his immortality.

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Way Station?
23 November 2006 | by (Highlands of Scotland) – See all my reviews

"Enoch Wallace is the occupant of a farmhouse. He was of age to fight in the American Civil War, but soon thereafter, his folks having died, he was approached by a representative of the Galactic Council and asked if his home could be converted into a way station for matter-transmitted travellers through our spiral arm of the Milky Way. Agreeing, he received the gift of immortality, but at the same time had to accept the burden of eternal loneliness, for no human being may ever be permitted to share his secret. Until now, when a covert US Government agency has become intrigued by this unaging eremite..."

No, not synopsis of the movie, but one of the classics of SF, Clifford D Simak's novel 'Way Station' (1963).

Substitute 'UK' for 'US' and 'John Reilly' for 'Enoch Wallace' and you pretty well have a synopsis for this movie, even the buried alien in the yard plot device is there - with a 2001 homage tacked on at the end. I see no mention of Way Station in the IMDb credits. The movie isn't as complex as the book (how can it be at 22 minutes?) and wastes a lot of its running time on trying for atmosphere rather than credibility. The script was clunky, but it looks good for its budget.


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