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Code 46 crafts an intriguing hypothetical future and populates it with characters who never engage, producing a slick sci-fi package without any humanity to power it. Read critic reviews

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In a dystopian future, insurance fraud investigator William Gold (Tim Robbins) arrives in Shanghai to investigate a forgery ring for "papelles," futuristic passports that record people's identities and genetics. Gold falls for Maria Gonzalez (Samantha Morton), the woman in charge of the forgeries. After a passionate affair, Gold returns home, having named a coworker as the culprit. But when one of Gonzalez's customers is found dead, Gold is sent back to Shanghai to complete the investigation.

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  • Sep 28, 2015
    Contrary to expectations, I did not find Code 46 to be a dark thriller. Rather, I found it to be rather light when compared with THX1138 or 1984. Overall, the film has a strange vibe to it that is romantic, pensive, mysterious, fatalistic. Unsure what to think of it, though it is certainly a cut above the B-movie I had been expecting. All around Code 46 has solid acting and directing with some interesting concepts.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2012
    Interesting premise and sci-fi world but the characters either lacked chemistry or their story just wasn't very interesting.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2010
    Beautiful, atmospheric, pitch-perfect, absorbing, astounding, and every other adjective to assign to greatness that one can fathom. It's what would happen if Lost in Translation had been written as a loose adaptation of 1984 and Brave New World. A must see for all students of film. One of the greatest films about dystopia/aspiring utopia as well as a classic romance.
    _kelly . Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2010
    More of a love story that takes place in the future with some cool visuals, even though automobiles have not advanced passed a 2005 Toyota it appears. The underlying themes are thought provoking, but the problem as I see it lies with the two leads. Robbins is stone faced and shows very little emotion, and Morton looks more like a boy with that compact frame and short hair. The dialogue as well is irritating, especially with all characters throwing in a word or two of French or Spanish. Its worth a look for a change of pace from your normal viewing fare.
    alan j Super Reviewer

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