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Tempo (2003)

Cast: Art Malik, Hugh Dancy, Rachael Leigh Cook, more...
Director: Eric Styles
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Foreign, Crime, UK
Running Time: 83 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Love and larceny cross paths in an unexpected way in this direct-to-video thriller. Sarah (Melanie Griffith) is a U.S. expatriate living in Paris, where she makes a good living as a courier on the black market, smuggling for several clients including art collector Walter Shrenger (Malcolm McDowell). She is involved in a May-December romance with American Jack, but he betrays her by falling in love with Jenny (Rachael Leigh Cook), a beautiful American woman who works for an upscale jewelry store and knows how to access their safe. Jack begins an affair Jenny, setting up a dangerous and potentially explosive love triangle between the three; meanwhile, one of Sarah's smuggling jobs goes horribly wrong. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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A "Miss" but still watchable by talltale August 11, 2004 - 7:20 AM PDT
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TEMPO is an OK caper movie that ought to have been a lot better. It has three fine performances from Griffith, Leigh-Cook and Dancy, and a better than average "hook" in its story of couriers that carry black-market goods. What it lacks is a decent screenplay. While the actors give their all, the writing is rudimentary and allows no time for character development--which is desperately needed to make us care more about a man torn between two equally appealing women, one of them who is up against the most dangerous events of her life. This could have been a real winner, but as seen here--and at a running time of not even 90 minutes--it's just so-so. My suspicion is that TEMPO represents some sort of tax dodge for Luxembourg (or perhaps some businessmen there), the little country that evidently financed this film, which may have been shown first on European television. The title, by the way, has nothing to do with the plot or characters but does allow the director and editor to use some glossy/meaningless photographic effects.




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