Time Code

Starring: Salma Hayek, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Saffron Burrows, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, Kyle MacLachlan

Directed by: Mike Figgis

Produced by: Red Mullet Productions

Distributed by: Screen Gems

Genre: drama

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Review by Xibo Date seen: May 6, 2000
Viewing Location: Angelika, NYC Grade: B-
Summary: A novel concept, but not much of a film.
Okay, so someone discovers digital movie cameras that can shoot for over 90 minutes straight and decides to make a movie filmed in real time, one shot, using a camera. Then they decide to do even better than that by having four cameras, and have them follow various characters around, as they interact. Great concept!

But unfortunately the story is only so-so. Which is hardly surprising considering that the actors were more or less making it up as they went along.

The real benefit of this film though is that directors will now be using this idea, of multiple cameras in real time, as a filming gimmick for certain effects. Heck, last night during the intro to Nash Bridges they were using three cameras, and had the three viewing panes sliding around the screen. k00l idea!

Although similar use of cameras has been done before (American Grafitti) it's good that it's being re-introduced in this way. As for having one long 90-minute shot, that's basically like a teleplay, and the movie medium should not be restricted to that. It's far too limiting. 

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