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The Tesseract [DVD] (2003)
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2007
An amazing film. As another reviewer pointed out, you start off unsure but it soon pulls you in, and by the end it's absorbing and utterly compelling. It's superbly directed and filmed, full of artistic touches which add to the intense atmosphere. The acting is supreme and this includes the children; the final scene involving the young brother and sister is utterly extraordinary in its intensity and realism. This is an incredible film which I am proud to have watched,
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 20 January 2007
this is one of those movies that you don't really know if you like or not, and then, you start to like it more and more. It is quite different, takes some time to figure it all out, but actually very good. If you have been to Thailand it all makes so much more sense and you will appreciate the movie much more.
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on 11 August 2014
I was keenly anticipating this DVD, having read and enjoyed the book, but this was so poorly done that I switched it off after 45 mins. The script was awful, the constant cutting/ dream and drug sequences were both intrusive and confusing, and the acting was laboured. Read the excellent book by Alex Garland, and avoid this abomination like the plague! Would have given this zero stars if it were possible.
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on 2 October 2014
cool film..arrived brand new, well packaged & on time.
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on 7 October 2014
fab movie - love anything with johnathon rhys myers!
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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 19 July 2005
this film is terrible, dogdy acting, even worse dialogue, completely unfeasible plot, unnecessary editing and use of bad effects. don't watch it!
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