Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Now Available on DVD -- How to Live Forever (Review)



A cell lives an average of 5 minutes. A hummingbird for 5 years. Right now, humans live for about 75 years. What might it mean to live forever?

Director Mark Wexler embarks on a worldwide trek to investigate just what it means to grow old and what it could mean to really live forever. HOW TO LIVE FOREVER documents his journey as he seeks to learn if eternal life is possible or even desirable. Exploring these issues with a fascinating array of people—from futurist Ray Kurzweil to comedian Phyllis Diller to a 101-year-old chain-smoking marathon runner—Wexler presents a riveting series of stories and insights about youth, aging and longevity.

Begun as a study in life-extension, How To Live Forever evolves into a thought-provoking, often comically poignent, examination of what truly gives life meaning.

My Thoughts:

Ever wonder how some people live to be 80+ years old?  What is their secret?  Do you not smoke or drink?  What eating habits do they have?  Every year, I read new studies being conducted on this very topic -- living forever -- well, not forever, but longer than the average person would otherwise.  So, when I saw this recent DVD release being promoted online, I was intrigued to see a new take on how to prolong your life. But, as I began watching this documentary, I realized my questions wouldn't be answered, nor would I learn anything new about cheating death.  Instead, director, Mark Wexler, shares poignant interviews with both famous and unique people.  The star-studded lineup included comedian, Phyllis Diller, writer Ray Bradbury and now-deceased exercise guru, Jack LaLanne. Instead of sharing how to cheat death, this documentary does an amazing job in show what life is all about, and what it means to different walks of life. 

After watching this film with my husband, we had a few interesting conversations about the topic, and how what life really means to us.  Even though this documentary doesn't share the secret to old age, it does offer a great conversation starter between those who view it together, as well as gets you thinking about your own life and what it means to you.  Definitely a film worth checking out, and giving a couple of hours of your life to. :-)

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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