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The idea for Timecode is an excellent idea and it seems like such a concept could have amazing potential. Sadly, it simply does not have the greatness to make it a memorable revolutionary film. Sure, this concept has never been done before, but it doesn't make up for the fact that the film tells a boring story and feels more like a video than a prestigious film.
It is extremely difficult to follow all four screens throughout the duration of the film. Not all screens focus on a specific story, but certain stories are made less important than others which is disappointing with this film trying to be a good web-life film as well as the first to capture real time from four cameras.
The audio mixing definitely manipulates the way the audience attempts to watch the film. Certain dialogue is tuned down so that only one or two screens can be heard and which have more "importance" than the others at certain times in the film. This may help to focus on what is essential in each moment, but overall all information within a story should be essential, so when some of that information is tuned out it can be an aggravating experience and not enjoyable.
This is a failed experiment to change cinema forever.
As an experience and an experiment, it must be seen. The story may lack, but that's hardly the point.
Schizophrenic, lazy and very irritating. Incoherent four-split screen novelty fails to hold attention for even a few minutes. What a waste of a talented cast.
The two stars are for trying something new, but it really didn't work. Some of the criticisms of Conversations with Other Women, which was shot in split screen, said that two pictures on the screen was too distracting, so the four here were distracting in spades. And the plot was something only people obsessed with Hollywood's movie factory would find even mildly interesting. Personally, I found the ending to be downright funny. SPOILER ALERT! The fact that a studio exec would be concerned about answering his cell phone and getting a good table at a nice restaurant when he's dying was such good satire, although I don't think it was meant as such. Also, that the girl who braved the shooting, hidden under the table, was more concerned with filming the victim dying than she was in trying to stop the guy from bleeding to death by pressing on the wound was typical of the self-absorbed Hollywood type. It is hard to care about characters who care only about themselves.
Irresistable. The cast is icing on the cake in this tidy execution of a unique premise by ringmaster cum video voyeur Figgis
It's a unique experience. don't miss watching it. After 10 years of search, I got a copy and FINALLY watched!
I want to like this film and I watch it every few years, but it really isn't as good as it could've been had there been a script.
Four handheld cameras. Shot in one take and in real time for 97 minutes. The objects of the cameras intersect the quarters of the screen and the actors have to improvise throughout, working only along the outline of a story revolving around a movie production. It is said that it was shot 15 times to allow the improvisation to mature! Possibly for the first time, the filming style is the main character and the story and its characters are merely the supporting roles.
I admire the much more realistic take on time travel, but I just couldn't connect with the characters or care about their story.
"timecode" has a really cool concept and style, but the story is lacking, many of the characters are completely useless, and overall it feels like mostly a waste of time.