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Tape was adapted from a stage play (by Stephen Belber, who also scripted) and often feels like it, with characters announcing their motivations and reactions in grandstanding, tell-don't-show speeches. The camerawork tends to the tricky, too--tilted angles and way too many whip-pans during dialogue sequences--as if Linklater was worried his single set might get visually boring. But the tight, twisty plotting, compact running time and intense performances keep the film absorbing. Hawke and Leonard's mutual lacerations carry a rancid sense of resentments banked up and brooded on for years, while Thurman's Amy, arriving halfway through the action, visibly relishes setting both men by the ears. As a meditation on the relativity of truth Tape may not be in the Rashomon class, but it shows Linklater doing what he does best, making pungent use of minimal resources.
On the DVD: Tape offers no extras on disc, just the trailer. Production-value splendour was obviously never on the menu here, but the 2.0 Dolby Digital sound and 16:9 anamorphic widescreen transfer do the original no disservice. --Philip Kemp --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Absolutely brilliant! Riveting viewing - piece of genius - thumbsupPublished 21 days ago by G. Lucas
This film, Tape, based on Stephen Belber's excellent play-script, Tape, is one of the best films ever. I think so. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 2009 by Lip Apron
Much as I have in the past enjoyed Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard's work (in Dead Poets Society, particularly), this movie really disappointed me because of its... Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2003 by Jasminetea
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