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Timecode (2000)



Critic Consensus: Not much of a story, but the execution is interesting.

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Director Mike Figgis helmed this ground-breaking experimental feature, filmed with four synchronized digital video cameras in four separate locations. The story, outlined in advance but otherwise improvised, was enacted in a single continuous take, like a stage play, with the unedited images from all four locations presented on the screen at once. Figgis and his crew chose the best single run-through, and the result is the film's final release version. The story focuses on four main characters around the casting sessions for a film called Bitch of Louisiana to be directed by Lester Moore (Richard Edson): Alex Green (Stellan Skarsgard), the studio executive overseeing Moore's project; his wife Emma (Saffron Burrows); gangster Lauren Hathaway (Jeanne Tripplehorn); and her unfaithful lover Rose (Salma Hayek). These characters' paths cross as murder, infidelity, and dirty dealings are interrupted by an earthquake and its aftershocks. Time Code 2000 also features Kyle MacLachlan, Holly Hunter, Julian Sands, Steven Weber, Danny Huston, Viveka Davis, and Laurie Metcalf.

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Holly Hunter
as Executive
Steven Weber
as Darren Fetzer
Kyle MacLachlan
as Bunny Drysdale
Xander Berkeley
as Evan Watz
Golden Brooks
as Onyx Richardson
Viveka Davis
as Victoria Cohen
Richard Edson
as Lester Moore
Aimee Graham
as Sikh Nurse
Daphna Kaster
as Auditioning Actor
Glenne Headly
as Therapist
Daphna Kastner
as Auditioning Actor
Patrick Kearney
as Drug House Owner
Mia Maestro
as Ana Pauls
Leslie Mann
as Cherine
Suzy Nakamura
as Connie Ling
Zuleikha Robinson
as Lester's Assistant
Julian Sands
as Quentin
Laurie Metcalf
as Dava Adair
Andrew Heckler
as Auditioning Actor
Holly Houston
as Alex's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Timecode

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (26)

A triumph of style and technological innovation, but a failure in terms of storytelling.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

As gimmicky as that sounds, what's most amazing about the enterprise is how well it works.

January 1, 2000

Everything Figgis tries to do in Time Code, Warhol did three decades ago.

January 1, 2000

Apart from its technological originality, Time Code is almost completely uninteresting.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

For those who just want a good story and to heck with exploring brave new worlds of cinema, Time Code may seem like Time Cod-liver Oil.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Top Critic

With Time Code, there is always a danger that you are watching the wrong corner.

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Timecode


As an experiment its admirable; an impressive feat of handheld camera work and improvisation. Unfortunately, Timecode really fails where it matters - telling a compelling story. The actors' performances also fall apart towards the end, and the entire thing becomes far more comical than it was supposed to be. But let's be honest - this film isn't nearly revolutionary. It's an ambitious gimmick, and one that only sometimes succeeds.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

Hmmm. I'd like to see this film re-made with a different cast and plot and director and producer and DP and screenwriter and sound guy and editor. The idea is cool: four things happening at once split on the screen in four ways, and they are all continuous shots in real time. Could be awesome, but...epic fail.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Timecode should be hailed as a masterpiece of complex cinematic techniques. The film is shot through 4 different cameras, each one consisting of one single take. Each camera is screened at the same time, taking up a quarter of the screen. What may seem pretentious, it kind of is even the film itself points this out, demonstrates how film can still be a mind blowing experience without CGI etc. The actors are all remarkable, each one improvising there way around the final film. Another amazing fact is the timing and how everything runs perfectly. It takes a while to get used to the four screens but soon you get used to it. Watching the screen with sound at that particular time but watching the other screens out of the corner of your eye. Thumbs up to the camera men who I don't think got caught in a reflexion once. The story itself is also rather interesting, mostly as we get to see what minor characters do when not being filmed or at the center of attention. Multiple viewings will serve this film very well.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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