Had other filmmakers followed its example this might've become a key cinematic text; as it stands it's more an interesting curio. Enlivened by the then-nascent digital 'revolution', Figgis crafts an experiment in real-time, multi-frame storytelling that is genuinely exhilarating. Unfortunately it's used in the service of a generic Hollywood satire, both narcissistic & smug. If only content had been as daring as form.
Come back to the five and dime mike figgis mike figgis. Rewatched timecode today for first time in ten years. Figgis had one of the most interesting filmographies between 94 and 01 then just seems to have vanished into obscurity. Timecode was certainly a novelty at the time but holds up well. Well orchrestrated with its sheet music style script. Tripplehorn Burrows and Skarsgard all very good.
A decade later, its formal innovation is still inspiring, and its Hollywood satire more entertaining than you'd expect from such a radical experiment. But mostly, it remains an interesting cinematic experience, challenging notions of authorship and viewership. Read my full review: http://www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2010/02/03/iffr-time-code
For better or worse, the word "interesting" is almost impossible to evade when writing about Timecode. With that said, I must say that this is an "interesting" film in every positive sense of the term. A cinematic quartet that experiments with visual and dramatic counterpoint, and even admits with metafictional parody its own experimental "interesting-ness".
Mike Figgis' interesting cinematic experiment surprisingly works more often than you'd think it would. Though some storylines are far more interesting than others, it actually works best as a offbeat satire of Hollywood. The novelty gets old pretty fast. Awkwardly paced - plodding along much of the time - this film is a lot more interesting than good.