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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Code 46, the sci-fi Wings of Desire
My review of Michael Winterbottom's independent science fiction film Code 46 is now up at Mindjack.
Set in the near future, the film revolves around two people. Tim Robbins plays William, a Blade Runner-esque investigator sent to Shanghai to investigate a case of forged "papelles", special permits required for travel. He quickly discovers that a woman named Maria (played by Samantha Morton) is behind the forgeries but, as investigators of his ilk are wont to do, he falls for her and can't turn her in.

Like Harrison Ford in Blade Runner, Robbins' character is uniquely adept at his job. He can seemingly read people's minds when given just the slightest bit of information, though we're initially left unsure whether it's an innate ability or an artificial enhancement (although this is a science fiction film, so we have a pretty good idea).

But Code 46 is more of a sci-fi Wings of Desire than a Blade Runner retread. Robbin's character is as detached from Maria as the angels in Wings of Desire are from the life in Berlin. He's part of the future, augmented by technology and able to travel the world at will. Maria is a link to a simpler life. She wants to leave the sprawl of Shanghai for Jebel Ali, a place she sees as a promised city.
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 2/01/2005 Comments (0)
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