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Worth the effort
on 8 December 2004
This film is about a series of events that unfold and then fold back on themselves to reveal further connections and coincidences between characters, places and fragments of time. Sounds confusing? Well, yes it is, but stick with it as it's an interesting story and very good film. The Tesseract by Alex Garland was the follow up to The Beach, however this is not the same story as in the book but has a similar structure and is equally complex. The arrangement of scenes has a layered effect, retracing sequences from other perspectives and revealing glimpses of background plots, which adds to the confusion and yet sucks you in as you try to make sense of it.
The film begins with Shaun, an English drugs courier, played by an edgy Jonathan Rhys Meyers, awaiting a delivery from a sinister group of gangsters in his dingy hotel room. A boy working at the hotel steals the drugs and begins a sequence of actions, which lead to mayhem and death. The acting is excellent and the Bangkok locations both exotic and frightening. Strangely, the lack of subtitles makes it even more compelling, as any non-Thai speaking viewer would feel as alienated as the two English characters, adding to the tension and sense of claustrophobia.
It's a shame an unusual film like this never makes it to the big screen, but at least watching it on DVD means you can see enough times to enjoy your own perspective of the story!