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Shatner's science fiction

07/05/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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William Shatner, aka Captain Kirk, announces his top movie picks for sci-fi fans.

Some of Bill's top science fiction picks:

Immortel (ad Vitem) is set in 2095, when the ancient Egyptian gods have returned to earth to cast judgment on the falcon-headed god Horus. Given just a week to preserve his immortality, Horus must search New York City for a human host and a willing mate.

William Shatner told "Immortel is a breathtakingly beautiful film, yet beneath the stunning and imaginative visuals is a genuinely captivating story. This film took home two awards from the 2004 European Film Festival, but is still widely unknown in the U.S."

Virus (aka Fukkatsu no hi) is an apocalyptic vision of bio-warfare run amok. When a virus in development gets loose and begins to destroy humanity, only the 808 American scientists stranded in inhospitably cold Antarctica are relatively safe.

On this one, Shatner said: "This little known classic was the most expensive Japanese film production of the early '80s, and one of the finest disaster movies ever made. Virus is massive in scale, with an epic, end-of-the-world plot. This DVD can be tough to find."

Close Your Eyes features a telepathic hypno-therapist troubled by visions of a young girl floating beneath the surface of a stream. The escaped victim of a serial killer, the girl has become mute, and the therapist is called upon by Scotland Yard to unlock the secrets she holds in order to catch a man who believes he has discovered the key to immortality.

Shatner commented: "Close Your Eyes is a taut and suspenseful thriller, twisting and turning effectively between the supernatural and the engaging mystery that drives the plot. The acting is flawless, with ER veteran Goran Visnjic giving a stunning and surprising portrayal of the dark and complex protagonist; a must-see for genre fans."

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