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Tempo (2003)

Melanie Griffith , Rachael Leigh Cook , Eric Styles  |  R |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Melanie Griffith, Rachael Leigh Cook, Hugh Dancy, Malcolm McDowell
  • Directors: Eric Styles
  • Writers: Brad Fraser, Jeremy Lipp, Jennifer Salt
  • Producers: Georges Campana, Lewis B. Chesler, David Perlmutter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092OPT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,579 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Some agreeable Paris location shooting enhances the atmosphere of Tempo, a rather desperately titled thriller from the low-budget universe. Melanie Griffith, looking well preserved, is a highly paid courier for art smugglers (including Malcolm McDowell, in his smiling-panther form). She "keeps" a much younger man (Hugh Dancy) in her fabulous apartment, but he suddenly finds "the whole love at first sight thing" with an ex-pat cutie (Rachael Leigh Cook). The suspense plot, about a smuggling deal gone sour, is pretty flaccid, and the supposedly sexy stuff isn't very sexy. Even the romantic triangle doesn't cause that many problems. It's hard to know what Melanie Griffith is doing in this movie, although there are vestiges of some other kind of picture here--something about an older woman searching for meaning or lost youth, maybe. But that's gone, and what's left is negligible cable-TV fodder. --Robert Horton

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    Melanie Griffith (Crazy in Alabama) and Rachael Leigh Cook (Josie and the Pussycats) star as two dangerously alluring femme fatales immersed in a seductive world of betrayal, temptation and intrigue, in this pulse-pounding erotic thriller. Sara (Griffith) lives on danger's edge every day as the courier for a ruthless French black market dealer. Her boyfriend, Jack (Hugh Dancy, Black Hawk Down), is a handsome, young American expatriate she's seduced into becoming her partner in crime. But when Jack unexpectedly meets and falls for Jenny (Cook), a sexy but seemingly naïve jewelry shop clerk, he quickly finds himself trapped in a treacherous love triangle filled with suspicion, vengeance and murder. This riveting thriller will keep you guessing until the very end.

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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars More to the story than first viewing reveals July 13, 2004
    TEMPO is an odd sort of film. It seems to be caught up in camera tricks, rapid sequence photography, and in search of a story to follow. Sarah (Melanie Griffith) is a middle-aged, beautiful lady who lives high in Paris with a 'kept lover' Jack (Hugh Dancy) and supports her lifestyle by being a runner for the black market transportation of antique bric-a-brac, a life of crime she shares with Jack. Her past is cloaked in mystery, but she seems to hide some deep pains by her co-habitation with the young and handsome Jack. While off on what appears to be a routine "job" in Munich, Jack meets and flips for a very young girl Jenny (Rachel Leigh Cook) sent to Paris by her wealthy family to 'get her out of their hair'. She works in a classy Parisian jewelry shop and has all the rights of a trusted shop girl. The two carry on a steamy encounter until Sarah returns unexpectedly from a botched 'job', desperate and on the run to find money to resolve a shady dealing. It is at this point that the film becomes poignant, not because of the speed of the resolution of the story of how the money is obtained, but because of Sarah's being forced to face the fact that her young lover has found another younger mate. In her search of resolution we are allowed to learn Sarah's sad background and how she came to be in the state in which she finds herself - an aging woman with a past, in dire need for a real love. Melanie Griffith does a fine job finding this vulnerable state and it is her interaction with Dancy and Cook that makes this little mystery/chase movie worthwhile. There are other good performances (including Malcolm McDowell) and the 'tempo' of direction by Eric Styles is full fast forward most of the time. Worthy of your time, more as a character study than an action flick.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Retired Richard December 8, 2013
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    This is a cool show. The actresses are first rate, and the movie kept you on the edge of your chair.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful Movie! September 20, 2013
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    This movie is dark, dreary and terribly boring. Melanie Griffith has not aged well and the woman cannot act. The inflection in her voice never changes even when she is attempting to come across as being upset and her facial expression never changes. The young man and woman in the movie did as good of a job possible actors can when working with a bad plot and script. Thinking it over, I cannot figure out why this movie was made. Save your money and, if you want to see a movie that you know will be unbelievable, rent Spiderman or Ironman. You know the premise is fantasy but the acting and action is excellent.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Major WTF July 2, 2013
    By Kendra
    Given the reviews I've read my expectations weren't high. To me the movie came across as three f'ed up people in an f'ed up situation that never gets any better. Nothing is resolved. No one is given any sort of satisfactory ending as things go from bad to worse and then the movie just ends. Besides the number of WTF moments, I just couldn't get a grasp on any of the characters. I truly saw no real point to this movie.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Tempo October 17, 2012
    I Love Drama , I like a movie that has a good begining, and continue's to the end.This movie had much more than that, I was able to identify this movie. I fell in love with someone I could'nt stay with and yet I was with someone that I also loved that I felt there was an oblgation to,like he felt for women that he was with.The actor that played the part was perfect he had the look the eye contact,when you first meet someone that your attracted to and they have mutual feelings for you at first it is in the eyes as they say your eyes are the window of your sole. I felt the same for that other person yet I had been with another that I loved in other ways. In order for me to keep watching a movie, I have to feel that I can conect with it in some way or another.I was able to conect with this movie in more ways then one, I am sure many others that watch this they may have the same felings that I had in one way or another.

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    2.0 out of 5 stars TEMPO SKIPS A BEAT January 12, 2006
    In this derivative, limp made for Canadian TV movie, Melanie Griffith stumbled through the role of a glitzy "courier" for obviously illegal products. She has a younger live-in stud (Hugh Dancy in a weak performance) and is sent on a secretive mission by Malcolm McDowell (he pops up in almost anything these days). Melanie also has a sleazy additional boss (played with absent malice by Art Malik) who screws up the McDowell deal and then demands eighty thousand dollars for the effort. Along comes lovely Rachael Leigh Cook (who deserves better than this) who suddenly becomes the true love of Dancy's miserable life. Dancy is such a spineless cad one can hardly feel sympathy for the miss the three of them end up in. It's all been done before and much much better. TEMPO is a composition without any heart.
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    1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this
    I don't care what your type of movie is, I don't see how you will like this. These actors must have been desperate for money to make such a lame film. Read more
    Published on May 19, 2009 by Becky Bailes
    1.0 out of 5 stars this movie is not up to speed
    An interesting, but predictable twist centers this film. The three big name stars that are in this film - Melanie Griffith, Rachael Leigh Cook, and Hugh Dancy - all act mediocre in... Read more
    Published on May 8, 2009 by AIROLF
    2.0 out of 5 stars Hugh Dancy saves the movie
    This movie was really bad. The story seemed to be thrown together. The dialogue was not believable. The characters were underdeveloped. Read more
    Published on August 11, 2007 by Maggie Olson
    5.0 out of 5 stars thrills and romance
    when i first began watching this movie i thought what is going on all these lights and cars chasing each other but after i got

    past that i thought it was a wonderful... Read more
    Published on July 6, 2005 by little sis
    2.0 out of 5 stars 2 Stars Merely for Mr. Dancy
    This movie is so weak I can barely explain how it has damaged me. It seems to rest somewhere between mainstream and indie styles, but in either genre it is a hollow movie. Read more
    Published on December 3, 2004 by Spangdangular
    2.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Forgettable Thriller / Drama: Very Dull Indeed
    Melanie Griffith, Rachel Leigh Cook, and Hugh Dancy star in this straight-to-video film about one female transporter, who gets into trouble because of someone plotting against her. Read more
    Published on November 3, 2004 by Tsuyoshi
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