This German produced movie revolves around multiple story lines in which the main character carries a similar birth mark.
All the story lines take place in different time periods ranging from the distant past to the future.
One story revolves around a nuclear reactor company that is run by people who want to run it into the ground because they are afraid it will compete with oil as a natural resource for energy.
Another story revolves around a businessman who is fed medicine that is really poison. The businessman is rescued by a slave and he vows to protect slaves from then on.
In the future we are able to manufacture humans to serve us. These second-class humans eventually are destroyed when they are of no use. One second-class human rebels against what is considered the norm.
Staged during the time period where symphony music is popular, a gay music composer finds his way to produce the greatest piece of music of his time, only to commit suicide because no one will accept his sexual preference.
Finally, in a world that is no longer livable. A tribesman escorts a foreign woman to the top of the mountain. He ends up saving her three times, only to have her save him when it really counts.
This is a 3 hour movie, but doesn’t really feel like 3 hours. That is a very good thing to say about any kind of movie.
The movie constantly jumps from one story line to another. It always jumps at a cliffhanger point usually leaving you wanting to learn more.
Each story line has it’s mix of espionage, rebellion, love, gun fights, and plenty of twists.
For the most part you’re trying to follow what’s happening while always asking yourself how are all the stories related?
For the most part, you get slight hints and cues on how one time period might affect another time period, but none of the evidence is concrete.
This is the type of movie that you could watch 2 or 3 times and still have questions burning in your head.