Life in a Day Reviews

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Super Reviewer
July 19, 2011
The very idea of this film fascinated me, so I had to give it a shot. I must say, that if life itself fascinates you, you may just fall in love with this film, if you want to call it a film. These two directors asked people across the entire world to document their day and send in the footage so that this film could display the joys, struggles, happiness, and sadness surrounding us. This film displays these peoples lives very well, I just wish the film had been a little longer to explore a bit more of their lives, because in their videos they clearly wanted that. Life is intriguing to me and think this movie broadened my mind of how others view the world. "Life in a Day" is a very special film, that may not be groundbreaking, but it is very well put together.
Super Reviewer
July 20, 2011
Truly a groundbreaking achievement that shows the kind of art only possible in our "always connected" present. "Life in a Day" is the reason Youtube was invented.

Away from gag-inducing pop, rant, and novelty videos is a global community capable of more than flaming each other in the site's comment sections. Over 80,000 video submissions have been cut and edited together in a glorious, sequential kaleidoscope depicting just what life meant to countless individuals in one day (July 24th 2010) from around the globe. The result is stunning, a meditative experiment that deserves comparison to the liked of "Baraka" and Godfrey Reggio's Qatsi trilogy.

The viewer is taken on an emotional odyssey, through segments warm, sad, funny, disturbing; to uncomfortably voyeuristic. It's exhausting, it's scatter shot, and it's life. You'll be thinking about this after the credits role.
Directors Cat
Super Reviewer
½ December 18, 2011
Life in a Day isn't the most moving piece of cinema ever made, nor is it capable of sustaining an audience's interest through out. But there's a lot of amazingly captured material here that was shaped into an awe-inspiring film that has a simple message. It's great to be alive.
Super Reviewer
July 21, 2011
Life in a Day isn't really what you would call a film so much as a long Youtube video without anything tying it together. The film balances between the everyday, ordinary lives of people from all over the world and the fantastical possibilities of one day, all encapsulated by film, and all simultaneously happening at the same time. This film was made possible by a compilation of Youtube videos, and several camera crews which went into the developing world. The parts that were shot by Scott Free Productions didn't always coalesce with the irregular footage of Youtubers. These people showed their everyday actions, including their morning routines, what was in their pockets, and telling what they were most afraid of, all questions the production company asked them to answer in their videos. These questions at times helped to keep the film balanced between the mundane and spectacular, although this film was haphazard much of the time. It wasn't exactly the amazing trip around the world I was expecting or a true look into the lives of every culture and clandestine society on Earth, but visually there were some great scenes, including a skydiving expedition, the explicit death of a cow, and scenes of the everyday lives of Indians, Africans, Australians, and the like, a view of the world I hardly ever get to see. Still, there could have been more. Though the film broaches much of the world, and tries to tie things together with questions, human experiences, and the confessions and condemnations of the scared youth and far more vulnerable adults, it still tried to please too many people with cutesy faire. The film doesn't reach any new heights, or showcases anything extremely vivid or interesting, but does give a chuckle once in a while, a swell of emotion at others, and a decent amount of introspection to anyone who watches with an open heart and mind. Though the execution might not have been perfection the first time around, it was a decently poignant film in places and though not hard hitting it did reveal a new layer of humanity that hasn't been seen directly. For such a broad spectrum of life, they did a decent job overall.
Super Reviewer
July 6, 2011
Not something a lot of people would typically classify as a film. More of an art project, but what an emotional trip it is. There is nothing that unifies yet separates humanity more than our day-to-day lives. Through user-submitted footage, this film manages to show you the similarities and differences until you are left with no choice but being shaken.
Super Reviewer
½ January 1, 2012
A fascinating, well edited collage of videos filmed on the same day, July 24th 2010, and the different events and personalities worldwide. This is a film that captures the full realm of emotions, and with a director like Macdonald consistently going from one place to the next, the effect is undeniably dizzying, if at times exhausting. There are some people and events I wish the film would have explored more of would have made a movie about sometimes, but for the most part this is excellent stuff. As an American, this film showed me once again how thankful I should be given my situation. There are people that have it much worse, and that handle it much better than many others, including myself, would. So in that regard, it is a movie I respect tremendously, and an automatic recommendation.
Super Reviewer
½ July 18, 2011
With a interesting idea of show different lives in 192 countrys and all in a single day, Life in a Day, presents a incredible portrait, sometimes moving, inspirer and funny, of 80,000 storys. But becomes, in a few moments, boring, this maybe because MacDonald, don't show the really click moments and disappoint some members of the audience and make they count the minutes until the end of the picture, and dispite 4,500 hours of footage and 80,000 lives, looks like that we see too little and don't get the point. Anyway, we see too a modern version of Dziga Vertov's The Man With a Movie Camera, but after the digital evolution. It's a nice, but not complete, way to see the world and too a globalization effect in the everyday people in whole planet.
Super Reviewer
November 6, 2011
Life in a Day is a remarkable achievement by Director Kevin Macdonald and Producer Ridley Scott. Taking 4500 hours of video from 192 countries and making it into a film 1 hour and 30 mins long that touches on all topics, races of people, and parts of the world is no easy feat but Life in a Day only skimmed the surface of what could have been a moving portrait of life on earth. The footage scattered and stories minimal, it was hard to find a connection to the people and find a common story line. It lost my interest in parts, moved me, shocked me and made me smile in others. Life in a Day could have been more coherent, more involving, but it's beautifully captured and beautiful to see.
Super Reviewer
July 10, 2011
The most remarkable thing about this movie is its lack of remarkableness. We are
all used to remembering where we were on a day when something exceptional
happened, but the majority of life is not made up of moments like that - it's
made up of the kind of moments captured in this film. Every day, 6 billion of us - none of us as different from each other as we'd like to believe - go about our lives, surrounded by our small tragedies and victories; this film is a unique reminder of this simple fact. It's like the whole planet took a moment to say,''This is me. Here I am.'' For that reason alone I found this film fascinating and very moving indeed.
Super Reviewer
April 27, 2011
I remember when Youtube first started promoting the Life in a Day project. I had thought about participating, but then forgot about it until after the deadline. I'm not nearly narcissistic enough to believe that anything I submitted would have been used, but at the same time it would have changed the feeling of the film had their been personal participation. Whether the footage was used or not would be irrelevant. Either way, it'd be such an uncanny connection to so many people around the globe. Anyone can chart a bit of their day, and everyone's day is made of many of the same type of things. I kind of like that idea, essentially no matter differences, we're all more or less the same. Some of the shots are absolutely gorgeous; especially the skydiving shot. We see the familiar and exotic, oftentimes tragedy, but ultimately we're left with optimism. While many of the clips are literally everyday life, many others took the filming as a opportunity to mark something important. It was a nice touch, though. It's kind of a value call, we are allowed to see what really matters to these people, what they want to place in a single video that represents their life. I'll admit the film wasn't as amazing as I had expected it to be, but at the same time it left me with a lot. It felt authentic, completely intoxicating and incredibly poignant; cultural trappings aside, the human experience is the same no matter who or where you find yourself.
Super Reviewer
June 11, 2011
'Life in a Day'. Extraordinary.

Put together by the people of the world and wonderfully edited, telling miniature stories that hold their own, covering love, loss, fear, and the vastly different, but also similar ways we all go about our lives.
Super Reviewer
November 27, 2012
Like I am fond of saying, some times the simplest ideas are the best which is definitely the case with the highly endearing documentary "Life in a Day" which is composed of submissions shot across the globe on July 24, 2010 and then edited into a manageable and meaningful whole.

At first, "Life in a Day" starts in the predawn hours before centering on people waking up and starting their days, with a great edit from a cow being milked to milk arriving on a doorstep. Since this is a Saturday, the emphasis is more on play than work, although there is plenty of that, too, in Dubai, for example. Otherwise, for the most part, the documentary eschews specific locations but we do get Kathmandu, New York, Chicago, Roanoke, Va and tragically enough in Duisburg, Germany where so many lost their lives in that year's 'Love Parade' concert. Otherwise, what is of interest here are smaller personal moments like a first shave, an elderly couple renewing their vows, a first date, a young man coming out to his grandmother and, of course, a wedding proposal. People come and go, mostly not to be seen again, although there is the seriously ill mother and the Korean man who rides his bicycle around the world which best exemplifies the movie's global themes.
Super Reviewer
½ March 18, 2012
Crowd sourced documentary is always a risk and for that material to be useful there must be a person who knows what he (or she) is doing even before the material was received. And the director Kevin Macdonald was one of those people! Try to select 95 minutes of playing footage from 4500 hours submitted... just in your mind... and you'll understand what a task he had at front of him! At the end we got a documentary which is honest, touching and at moments funny, pulsating with the right rhythm with all of us hooked to the big screen.

You'll have to feel good after watching it, and one of the biggest achievements for the director is that he never tried to exploit or make it too sentimental! Everyone knows that I love a good storytelling, and this movie succeeded in breaking all the established rules of the good storytelling but still managing to stay unique and even profound! And everything was done in perfect sync!

Concerning the chronology of the film and the order of the clips, Macdonald explained that he let the 300 hours of "best bits" tell him what the themes and structure of the film should be. To the director this film was a metaphor of the experience of being on the Internet. ... clicking from one place to another, in this almost random way...following our own thoughts, following narrative and thematic paths.

It was nice to watch it... moving and insightful with fascinating glimpses of how we live our lives in this world... and do not expect this to become classic... it was incredibly inspiring but not enough to stay high in the sky.
Super Reviewer
½ December 31, 2011
An entire film created from YouTube footage? Seems like a pretty interesting idea. And that is what this film is. Life In a Day throws you into the lives of thousands of people, spotting the differences in the way they lived their lives on July 24, 2010. You really don't know what to expect to see. That being said, some of the scenes in the lives of others will catch your interest or bore you. This is one of the main things to not about the film though; it is extremely hit or miss. Some of the scenes may even be considered too graphic for the feint of heart. But at the end of the day, this is one of those films that make you feel happy to be alive (which is why I watched it before the year ended). It is, however, somewhat difficult to recommend, as the stopping power for the film is that it is very interesting. But it is available on YouTube to watch for free.
Super Reviewer
November 2, 2012
A groundbreaking concept that doesn't fully work because you cannot possibly sum up 1) the incredible amount of film in a coherent storyline and 2) the entire spectrum of hum life, emotion, etc. in a movie. However, there is something strangely alluring about watching people across the world live their lives and open themselves up--kind of like why reality TV works
Anthony L.
Super Reviewer
February 1, 2012
This was an extroidinary film. I'm not into documentaries most of the time but this one was magnificent and it really changed my view on documentaries. It went from boring to informative and interesting. The idea of this film is an idea that appeals to me personally. The concept of seeing the quality of life in countries around the world is such an interesting and original idea. the great thing is that there are no professional actors in this film. Everything filmed is filmed by ordinary people. This film can surely be considered one of the best documentaries of all time.
August Seria
Super Reviewer
½ October 30, 2011
It's inspiring to see people in all over the world is doing in a day. Cool and sometimes, hypnotizing.
Super Reviewer
½ July 7, 2011
Interesting, but only on a surface level. (as a side-note, I have the feeling a much more compelling movie could have been made simply about the travelling bicycle man!)
Super Reviewer
½ November 10, 2011
It is an interesting and entertaining, although many times it falls on extremely boring and routine, losing interest and freshness on many occasions. But also some very funny moments and you are open to see people in different situations.
The end is a very well documentary serving as part of a different narrative experiment, but that falls into many ups and downs.
Super Reviewer
½ June 12, 2011
I came out of this film with a real appreciation for life. Following people from around the globe for one day doesn't sound rivetting at all but I loved all 90 minutes of this. The film is brilliantly edited and jumps around the world whilst maintaining a clear narrative thread by starting at the beginning of the day and working up until 23:59 that night. Throughout the day we have the daily routines we are all familiar with but the familiarity makes you smile. There are brilliant laugh out loud moments here (like the young boy who is filmed taking his first ever shave) and moments of real sadness (like the man recovering from a heart transplant or the man and his young son who have obviously lost the third part of their family). Perhaps the film uses it's soundtrack too much to tug on the heartstrings but that is a small niggle and it doesn't take away from what is a remarkle piece of film-making. I would recommend this to everyone. A film for the whole world.
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