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The Eternal (1998): …Is About As Long As This Movie Seems to Last

The Eternal (Michael Almereyda, 1998)
[originally posted 22Feb2000]

photo credit: IMDB

This poster is by far the best thing about the movie.

Also known as Trance. I picked this one up because I saw a preview for it and the premise looked interesting– family goes to Ireland to dry out (oh, yeah, like THAT would work) and stay with the crazy uncle (Christopher Walken, the only A-list actor in the film). The crazy uncle has the well-preserved body of a two-thousand-year-old druidess in the basement, and hey! she just happens to look like the wife. (You can see where this is going, I’m sure.) We’ve seen it a hundred times. And it was done better a hundred times. Perhaps the longest ninety-five minutes I’ve spent in front of a television so far this year. Avoid like the plague. *



About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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