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Code 46
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Directed By
Michael Winterbottom

Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Om Puri, Jeanne Balibar, Togo Igawa, Nabil Elouhabi

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Code 46 (2004)
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Movie Review by The Alpha Craig
December 10th, 2007

One of my fingers is younger than the others.

Watching this movie was like engaging in a fast conversation with two other people. You don't catch every single word they say, but you understand the meaning. They throw out a lot of statements that they both perfectly understand but are meaningless to you, almost as if they have some encrypted code only the two of them understand. There is references to "viruses" and "The Sphinx" in this movie without any true definition of what they mean. This had potential to be a good movie, but it just seemed to mumble through its delivery like someone who is trying to tell you a story and leaves parts out that would make the whole seem much more cohesive.

It was the not-to-distant future where overpopulation has forced a law to be passed called Code 46. This code states that if a man and woman have any genetic similarities they are not allowed to procreate. The law was held in place with help of identification known as "covers". William Geld was an insurance fraud investigator who was sent to Shanghai to investigate the selling of illegal covers. He met a woman named Maria Gonzalez and immediately was intrigued with her. After spending some time with her, he returned to Seattle where he lived only to be recalled, by his company to continue the investigation in which Maria was a suspect. When he arrived in Shanghai, she was missing and left open many questions that he must now answer.

This movie has a very cool style to the way it was filmed. It seems that in the future, the universal language is English with various words and phrases from other languages thrown in to make it sound more diverse. Quite frankly the idea annoyed me. This is another "dystopian" theme story where, in the future, a law is set in place to make life and society easier. For some reason, in these movies, there is always some damn dissector who just can't handle that and has to buck the system.

Tim Robbins (CATCH A FIRE) as William Geld was very dry and emotionless in his delivery. It is a niche that he has found in his roles that works great for him. I am not so sure it worked for this movie though. I actually liked Samantha Morton (MISTER LONELY) as Maria Gonzalez because she was such a free spirit, almost like a gypsy trapped in a conformist society. Plus there is something so freeing about seeing a leading lady in a movie that I am in no way attracted to. It saves me from being distracted from the story. I could have done without one awkward sex in this movie involving her though.

I can't honestly say that I liked this movie. It was always on the verge of being entertaining, but something held me back from really enjoying it. I guess it was the little things that bothered me, but if you are able to look past them you might find this to be a great movie.

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