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The Immortalists (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 8 March 2014 (USA)
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Two eccentric scientists struggle to create eternal youth in a world they call "blind to the tragedy of old age." As they battle their own aging and suffer the losses of loved ones, their scientific journeys ultimately become personal.

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Jason Sussberg
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Aubrey de Grey Aubrey de Grey ... Himself - Biogerontologist
Bill Andrews Bill Andrews ... Himself - Molecular Biologist
Ralph Andrews Ralph Andrews ... Himself - Bill's Father
William Bains William Bains ... Himself - Research Scientist, University of Cambridge
Cordelia de Grey Cordelia de Grey ... Herself - Aubrey's Mother
Randy Lee Randy Lee ... Himself - Bill's Friend
Molly Sheridan Molly Sheridan ... Herself - Bill's Wife
Adelaide Carpenter Adelaide Carpenter ... Herself - Research Scientist, University of Cambridge
Terry Grossman Terry Grossman ... Himself - Anti-Aging Physician
Leonard Hayflick Leonard Hayflick ... Himself - Professor, UCSF School of Medicine
John Anderson John Anderson ... Himself - Scientist
Colin Blakemore Colin Blakemore ... Himself - Professor, Oxford University
Kim Kim ... Herself - Aubrey's Girlfriend
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This is the story of two biologists who believe human immortality is upon us. With humor and wonder, this film peels back the layers of their science and their personal lives. Who are they, and is this even possible? Is it dangerous? Their motto: Live forever, or die trying. Written by Anonymous

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live forever... or die trying

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Documentary | Drama

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English

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8 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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These are extremely intelligent men
9 April 2014 | by basil1984See all my reviews

To date, anti-aging technology has been fruitless but, so was flight technology until it wasn't. This is the defense, given by biologists and doctors pursuing a scientific end to aging and death, to those that label them as quacks and charlatans. Undeniably, there is delusion in their optimism but the subjects of this documentary are as much aware as anyone that most of the quick-fix solutions out there are total rubbish; these are extremely intelligent men set apart by their sincere (and often desperate) search for the ability to keep their loved ones young and healthy and alive forever.

If you haven't guessed, the science of anti-aging isn't really the subject of this documentary but, rather, the outlandish characters at the forefront of its research. All the logical arguments are covered and the filmmakers never out and out exploit their subjects but their thesis devolves into a character study of these eccentric researchers; one of which is openly described as 'completely mental' by one bystander. I do wish that the film had ended with a fountain of youth (who wouldn't) or, at least, had shown a bit more respect for those willing to participate but these individuals are so entertaining that it's almost forgivable.


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