Leisure Time Features | Release Date: November 30, 2001
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ryancarroll88Aug 27, 2010
Michael Haneke's 'Code Unknown' is he type of movie that the viewer earns as much as they put in. Every scene starts in the midst of its own premise, and with enough assumption and even more inference, one can discern what is going on, butMichael Haneke's 'Code Unknown' is he type of movie that the viewer earns as much as they put in. Every scene starts in the midst of its own premise, and with enough assumption and even more inference, one can discern what is going on, but only with preset motives (and as far as narrative goes, that is as far as I will delve...) Despite the narrative ubiquituies, the film covers some expansive issues - race relations, poverty, war, forced perspective, love - it would be detracting to say this movie encompasses anything less than holism throughout its 'cause.' The downside to this cinematic ideal is that the movie doesn't really contain a wholesome message that can radiate in any form; the presence of every concept is there, but despite whatever message, there always has to be some anecdotal tether to keep any interest in the given perspective. So once again, with enough knowledge of the ideas present, and with the ability to rise above dramatic cues and seize every situation at hand, this movie can be more effecting than any empirical literature - but I suppose that would be pretentious, wouldn't it? (Even assuming any of my friends read this far, it's only a matter of drunken pretense.......) Expand
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