Life in a Day (2011)
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The 24th July 2010.... 80,000 Lives.... 4,500 Hours of Footage... 2 Award winning Filmmakers..... Now one incredible motion picture event. What began life as a startling cinematic experiment becomes the must see movie experience of the Summer. Created entirely from footage uploaded by YouTube users, Life in a Day is a film first: exhilarating, moving and very, very funny... it is the story of our world. Told by us. -- (C) National Geographic
Jul 24, 2011 Limited
Nov 8, 2011
National Geographic Entertainment - Official Site
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Almost inevitably, a film made from these snippets is less than the sum of its parts.
What I took away were some individual moments from people whose lives I wish had played out more.
Give Macdonald and crew credit for picking out good, clear, telling contrasts, and not sweating potential heavy-handedness.
There are dull spots, as with any other day, yet "Life" aims to be, and occasionally is, like a YouTube-y "Our Town," giving a sense of what it is to be alive on planet Earth.
All too well summed up by its closing bit, where a young woman bemoans how she hoped for an eventful day but ended up with another rather mundane one.
The many windows into different lives, capturing moments humorous and sad, ordinary and momentous, build into quite a moving film.
It's best to simply ignore its corporate branding and accept the spirit of deeper understanding and celebration of the project's intention.
With director Kevin Macdonald finding a rhythm among the myriad footage submitted, this honest, funny and touching doco is an incredible achievement.
You walk out with a good feeling, having seen a lot of humanity in the almost raw.
It's a feel-good movie in that sense, affirmative without being sentimental or exploitative.
Not all of this stuff will totally grip you with its urgency or relevance, but not a second of it (yes, even that fellow contemplating his laundry list) will wear out its welcome.
The clips add up to a poignant reminder of how much beauty there is in our world and its people.
Inevitably, the 90-minute film has a lot to live up to. And, by and large, it succeeds in its mandate.
While its intentions are pure and its goals often on mark with its presentation of a world both banal and spectacular, Life in a Day cannot help but delve into pretentious territory, creating an equally engrossing and frustrating viewing experience.
There is a cumulative effect of so many snapshots of life on earth, but it isn't meaningful so much as jumbled
Resides somewhere between the head trip of 'Koyaanisqatsi' and the it's-a-small-world-after-all reassurance of a Kodak commercial.
Breaks all the established rules of filmmaking and storytelling, yet comes together as something that is unique, inspirational and occasionally profound.
Testifies to the remarkable, democratizing nature of cinema and the power of images seen and voices heard for the first time.
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