Timecode (2000)

MIKE FIGGIS

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

USA, 2000.  , .  Story by Mike Figgis.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Mike Figgis, .  Music by Mike Figgis, .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  

Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) sends out four video cameras on a Los Angeles afternoon to film various actors improvising to a pre-arranged story, interacting at various times and switching over story lines at some points. Great idea, but why is it so boring? The characters mostly mumble and shuffle around for two hours, and none of the plotlines are of any dramatic weight, something pretty shameful for a cast that includes Holly Hunter, , Salma Hayek and (my personal favourite) .  The film displays all four cameras simultaneously, each taking up a quarter of the screen with the sound switching back and forth to direct your attention (the DVD edition allows you to choose the sound points yourself).

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