"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
The Tesseract

Went and saw The Tesseract with Andrew Sunday night. I'd read the book by Alex Garland a few years ago, and liked it. The action in the book spans perhaps half an hour. The movie was spread out several days, with many flash backs.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie quite a bit. The director made a number of weird (and sometimes just bad) editing choices, but the techniques he used to mess with the color made up for them. There's a lot of Hong Kong-aesthetics in the fight scenes. Overstylized and in slow-motion, contrails. Very Matrix without the cyberpunk sensibility. Very cool. I've no idea if this is also a staple of Thai film-making or what, as this is (as far as I know) the first Thai movie I've seen.

The characters were relatively meh, which was more or less the point. Some of the ending was a surprise, which was nice. The acting ranged from good, to forced and horrible. A bit like some of the editing/scene cuts, that.

The Thai topo scenes were interesting as well, except for the one near the end, out in the ghetto with the kids on the merry-go-round. Way too artsy and forced; it totally jarred the tone of the preceding scenes (with by that point had gone mostly linear). Bangkok looked pretty much how I expected it would, but that means nothing, really, since I expected a jumble of urban construction with the wood bones sticking out. Seeing as how I know nothing about Thailand, however, I'll skip off making an ass of myself.

Anyway, if you get the chance, check it out.

April 21, 2004 6:09 PM