Code 46 details
|Formats:||15 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Samantha Morton, Tim Robbins, Om Puri, Jeanne Balibar|
|Genres:||Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy|
|Collections:||Sci-Fi Stars, Super Cool Films, Tenuous Numbers|
|1hr 29 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Intelligent and original sci-fiBy Philip Concannon from London , 05 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Michael Winterbottom's smart and intriguing foray into the sci-fi genre stars Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton as the investigator and criminal having a forbidden love affair. Mostly shot in Shanghai and India, the film offers a weirdly convincing portrait of a future world where everyone is controlled by technology and forbidden to travel without the required clearance. People live in multi-cultural societies and speak in sentences that are a mixture of different languages with odd hybrid accents.
'Code 46' is beautifully shot and scored and the performances from Robbins and Morton are compelling. Frank Cottrell Boyce's screenplay is full of ideas, some of these ideas work while others don't, but it's gratifying to watch a film so determined and singular in it's vision.
There are many things wrong with 'Code 46', and a number of elements in the screenplay don't really add up, but it's still a beautiful, haunting and thought-provoking drama which undoubtedly confirms Winterbottom as the most exciting British filmmaker around.
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As Much Tenderness As An Armed AssaultBy thistimeitwillbedifferent (18 reviews) from Cheshire, England , 04 Feb 2010Featuring a romance with little to no romance and a miss-matched starring duo with little to no chemistry, Code 46 struggled to fulfil its allotted place as either science-fiction or forbidden love story. Morton and Robbins are flat and lifeless, the plot pulls in influences from a whole host of quarters (not least of all Freud) and, while Winterbottom's artistic execution is occasionally poignant his grasp of the central narrative sometimes strays into morally muddy waters. Difficult to like and potentially impossible to enjoy.
Give it a missBy Treva (15 reviews) from Havant , 12 Oct 2009Doh! Do not waste your time on this movie.
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Code 46By Lucii (3 reviews) from Ramsgate , 16 Sep 2008This film was very dissappointing.
Code 46 stands for "flawed but well intentioned"By JoelC (26 reviews) from Glasgow , 18 Aug 2008High-quality intelligent SF films tend to be a bit thin on the ground; you can probably count the best on the fingers of one hand ('2001: A Space Odyssey', 'Solaris', 'Pi' and 'Gattaca' for example). Unfortunately, 'Code 46' will probably not feature on that particular list, although it would make it onto the complimentary list of well meaning also-rans, alongside 'Sunshine', 'AI: Artificial Intelligence' and 'I am Legend'.
The main problems I have with this film are twofold:
1) A confusing and inconsequential narrative - I wouldn't consider myself slow but I found I had to read a full plot synopsis on Wikipedia after watching the film initially, in order to make sense of it. Once I did have a fuller understanding, I was somewhat underwhelmed - I didn't really care about the characters or the story afterall. What was the intended message the filmmakers were trying to put across? There are also a couple of out and out 'as if' moments about two-thirds of the way through, which stretch the viewers' sense of credulity to breaking point.
2) Tim Robbins - I have been an admirer of his films in the past (particularly Jacob's Ladder) but he appeared to be sleepwalking through this. I don't know if its a case of him not being directed properly or the character not being developed fully in the script but I found him to be unconvincing and wooden - he just seemed to mumble his lines in a fairly dazed and detached manner and his actions seemed, at best, unlikely. He's also probably the least convincing romantic lead since Kyle McLachlan in 'Showgirls' - and thats saying something.
Flaws aside, there is much to merit. It looks absolutely stunning - from the bleached-out deserts to the sleek-yet-drab futurism of the interiors, its probably one of the most atmospheric SF films since 'Bladrunner' itself (there is a distinctly Philip K. Dick feel to the film) - with a further nod to the classicsm of 'Gattaca'. Samantha Morton is as watchable as ever, and her unique androgynous look lends itself well to the futuristic setting. In addition, there is a relatively accomplished attempt at creating a futuristic pidgin language (ala 'A Clockwork Orange') which adds to the atmosphere.
On the whole in Code 46, a deliberate attempt has been made to acknowledge SF as a medium for serious drama, as opposed to being an excuse for light sabre fights and ample-bosomed aliens. As such, Michael Winterbottom ought to be applauded for the attempt. Alas, there are couple of fundamental flaws which hold this film back from great heights it could have achieved.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008The problem with a film like this is that people tend to personalize what they get out of it to such an extent that it's hard for someone who hasn't seen it to know what they are likely to end up watching. Viewers can give a film like this as much or as little depth as they like. And having seen it I don't know what exactly it is I've watched. It is sci-fi, it is romance, it has a touch of the thriller, and a dollop of the mood piece, it is pedestrian yet not exactly plodding. It is a mess, but only in so much that a mixed chow mein might look a mess but is actually enjoyable to eat. However, for me the mix didn't work that well and I grew bored with this film, despite the interesting overseas sets and photography, the competent but not exactly strenuous acting, the reasonable script, and the 'have/have not' and other issues that might be found in the film. I thought those that lived outside the 'system' had more interesting or colourful lifestyles than those in it, who tended to be futuristic versions of the nine-to-five commuting rat racers we see nowadays. That's not saying that one is better than the other, because like this film it's hard to quantify and qualify objectively. I guess like life, this film is whatever you want it to be.