Death ought to be more exciting

Review of Too Tired to Die (1998)

Review of Too Tired to Die (1998) movie, by Stefan Stenudd


It's about death, this movie, and the struggle to find meaning to one's life, when having only a few hours to do it. Big subjects, indeed, worthy of a great artist — needing one, really. Writer/director Chin doesn't suffice.


Ever Young. Supernatural fiction by Stefan Stenudd. Ever Young
Supernatural fiction by Stefan Stenudd
Caroline meets those who do not age, and this ability can be transmitted. But there are grisly downsides. Click the image to see the book at Amazon (paid link).


       The film plays with classic themes, related to this topic — such as the chess game with the reaper in Bergman's 'Seventh Seal'. Bergman's knight loses the game, but wins the lives of those he has learned to hold dear. In this movie, nothing is gained, and so one wonders: is anything at all lost?

       There's an interesting atmosphere in the film, sort of an arty New York setting through an immigrant's eyes, but neither that nor anything else is really followed through. What must be meant to have some profound undercurrent, remains just surface — and a quickly sketched surface, at that. It would have been better to make this film a pure comedy.

Stefan Stenudd
14 January 2003


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