Code 46 (2003)
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In the not-so-distant future, a married man investigates a counterfeiter and ends up the perpetrator of an ethical crime in Code 46, the latest film from prolific British director Michael Winterbottom. Set against the backdrop of a technologically advanced Shanghai, where people are only allowed to travel between countries with official passports called "papelles," the film charts the efforts of Seattle native William (Tim Robbins) to get to the bottom of a contraband-papelle operation within
Aug 6, 2004 Wide
Dec 28, 2004
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Amid the white walls and slick surfaces of this film, the characters seem more like lab rats than human beings.
It's a common enough problem in sci-fi movies. A filmmaker creates a totally convincing world but can't find a compelling story to put in it.
Winterbottom and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce sell the sci-fi but botch the interpersonal.
A provocative, classy, low-key sci-fi tale that presents a world so within reach it's scary.
What keeps Code 46 from living up to its fascinating premise is the lack of empathy we feel for William and Maria. They are almost like benign video game characters.
Achingly elegiac sci-fi story of love and memory lost - an Oedipal tragedy for the genetically modified age.
The film is like bypass surgery: clinically precise but always in control of your heart.
Part thriller, part love story and part political allegory, told as dream noir, but too tangled and slippery to inspire much empathy.
a noir snore with no moral desperation, no clear-cut point-of-view and a love story whose eroticism feels about as urgent as yardwork
Too much stoicism and not enough vulnerability -- OK for a futuristic film about a dystopian society, but not if you're supposed to feel the emotions of the main characters.
It's too bleak for the morose Robbins and doe-eyed Morton to connect meaningfully with each other or with us.
Winterbottom's sci-fi romance is in a class of its own. Robbins and Morton [are] clearly in their element here.
Cinematography, production design and music are all top-notch, but the film largely succeeds because of the leads -- two fine actors at the top of their game.
It's hard to root for people who defy oppressive social systems when they can't seem to make sound decisions on their own.
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