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Timecode back to product details

written by jpceja August 25, 2003 - 2:41 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
A first rate gimmick disguises a third rate film. A poor script is chopped up into four screens. Time Code doesn't 'advance' the art of film not is it experimental nor is it a 'revolution in filmmaking', as the cover art claims.
Supposedly offers a 'quadrupled' narrative, but in reality the narrative is just as guided as in 'conventional' cinema, with audio fades directing attention to 'important information' and nonaction suggesting boredom and repulsion: conditioned responses of modern audiences. Blarney! The notion that visual information is somehow inherently meaningful at all times, in real-time, is a lie. The film itself suggests otherwise in its disparagement of static action.

Four Times the Movie
written by TAubuchon May 20, 2002 - 6:20 PM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
I enjoyed Mike Figgis' experimental film. I have to admit, if it had just been an ordinary film, I would not have felt the same. The improve style, made for some rough acting, poor dialogue and horrid blocking. The plot was transparent and the cinematography was poor. The digital video left the visual flat and interesting for the most part. However, four screens of continuous plot is an interesting experience. It is like watching CNN(with the banners and tickers) and a movie at the same time.

Your are always missing something, but also reaching for something new at the same time.The movie was packed with actors, most looking like they were making it up as they went, which they were. Jullian Sands (a wandering massage therapist) and Holly Hunter (an over tweaked hollywood exec) were so incredibly funny, that I found myself rewinding a couple of times, because I missed what they did due to the four screens. I was impressed with both Stellan Skarsgaard and Salma Hayek who really owned their parts.

The plot, was thankfully very simple, otherwise it would have been absolutely incomprehensible. The basic plot centered around a coked up Hollywood productions company, that was vile, funny and tragic all at the same time. As a barrage of characters flow in and out of the screens, earthquakes were the event that tied all the screens together. They were both sanity and chaos.

It was overall a great experiment, that had some interesting themes about media, drugs, Hollywood, love, ambition, fidelity and most of all time and perception. It is worth watching, just make sure your up for mental and visual gymnastics. Also don't miss the entire extra movie in the supplementals, a new(not as good)remix of the movie.


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