Francis Ford Coppola’s first film in a decade met with mixed reviews and quietly disappeared from theaters. It’s certainly not for everyone, but those willing to stick with it may be sucked into its beautiful, impressionistic world.

Dominic (Tim Roth) is struck by lightning. After a miraculous recovery, he finds that he has begun aging in reverse. His body and mind undergo frightening changes, which soon draw attention from the Nazis.

Some have labeled this film Coppola’s return to glory. It’s not. While it’s certainly more ambitious than The Rainmaker, he shows neither the masterful control of The Godfather nor the inspired chaos of Apocalypse Now.

Instead, he’s made a frustratingly uneven, albeit interesting, film. It’s beautifully shot with lavish production design. It’s concerned with impressive ideas that get muddled in their execution. Roth doesn’t have the gravitas to carry the film, which is made up of a series of bemusing, vague scenes.

Despite all this, it’s still an interesting film and worth a watch.

Grade: C+

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