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  1. Aug 27, 2010
    7
    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, 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 someMichael 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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74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
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  1. I couldn't always keep up with what was happening, but I was never bored, and the questions raised reflect the mysteries of everyday life.
  2. Haneke illuminates beautifully the lives of his people with an eye for the revealing nuance and detail.
  3. Code Unknown is a film you think more than feel. Though each scene is executed close to flawlessly, the cumulative effect is often oppressive. But at the center of the film -- the real reason it was made -- is Binoche, one of the genuinely radiant presences in movies today.