Reporter Matt Elman (Tahmoh Penikett of DOLLHOUSE) is in Thailand covering a story when he and his girlfriend, Jessie (Laura Vandervoort of V), are killed by a bomb. He awakens on the banks of a huge river along with many other "dead" people. It seems as if everyone has been sort of reincarnated on this alien planet. Some people are even younger than they used to be, though there is no uniformity in this. In fact, if you are killed here you are simply brought back to life again, so there's no death. But Richard Burton (Peter Wingfield of SANCTUARY) wants to destroy the planet and will go to any lengths to do this. He even finds Jessie before Matt does, which poses a conflict. There are also these blue skinned aliens which seem to be responsible for all of this.
Along his quest to find his wayward girlfriend Matt meets Sam Clemens, who has a ferry on the river. And Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish explorer, is definitely an enemy.
There's even a woman Samurai he ends up falling for in the end. This is the second adaptation of the Philip Jose Farmer novel and an inferior one at that. It's so damn lackluster in execution. Also, the dvd artwork, with a dark blue alien on the cover, makes it seem as if you're going to be watching AVATAR. Well, if you're a sucker for that then you deserve to endure this four hour movie. Check out the previous movie from 2003. Or read the books.