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High Life (2008)

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A handful of drug-addicted petty criminals discover their plan to pull off the perfect crime isn't quite perfect at all in this dark fusion of comedy and action from director Gary Yates. It's 1983, and Bug (Stephen Eric McIntyre) has just been released from prison. Bug meets up with his friend and former cellmate Dick (Timothy Olyphant), who is working as part of the cleaning crew at a hospital; it's Dick's first on-the-books job, and it provides him with a steady paycheck as well as an

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Lee Macdougall, Gary Yates

Mar 16, 2010

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High Life is filled with surprising, artful flourishes.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The plot gets twisted but the direction by Yates never does. He finds the humour in a desperate situation. It's hard to hate or even despise Dick and his stooges, because you can sense how needy they are.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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This witty film wins us over with its likeable-loser characters and twisty plot. It also has an intriguingly serious edge

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
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So, finally, deciding whether or not to see this movie boils down to one simple thing. If you didn't see it on stage, chances are you'll have a good-enough time.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for High Life

Once again I notice the low rating from some people, but I personally really enjoyed this movie. I admit that I am a Tim Olyphant fan, so maybe I am a little biased. I dont think that is the case, though. I truly got a kick out of this movie. It is a black comedy, of sorts, so that makes me like it even more. All in all good flick.
October 14, 2010
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Probably the most unique role I've seen Timothy Olyphant do, and it worked pretty well. Not exactly a laugh-a-minute comedy, but it generally works as a heist gone wrong dramedy, appropriately set in the early 80s. At 80 minutes it never amounts to much, but I appreciated most of the dark sense of humor, and what seems to be a fairly realistic depiction of how addicts think.

3/5 Stars
February 11, 2012
Jeffrey Meyers

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Wow I am truly shocked that this movie hasn't gotten more interest than it has. I am also rather shocked that it just came out on DVD and I had never heard about it until I looked up Timothy Olyphant's work. He is the reason I watched it but I did enjoy Rossif Sutherland in it. Quite a talented family them Sutherlands. You got Timothy trying to clean up his act...in a manner of speaking when you get past the drugs. Enter his friend/partner/ex -cell-mate who seems to be the bad influence. Next thing you know they are looking for the score of a lifetime to fuel their morphine habits and live "respectably". Everything goes wrong and there is a bit of a twist. It's a good small time caper movie as we've seen in the past with such films as "The Lookout" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It's really amazing the bad decisions that happen in this movie but it is a fun watch just to see how things will end up.
April 1, 2010
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