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The Tesseract

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Product Description

Four characters paths mysteriously cross at a dilapidated Bangkok hotel. A drug mule falls into an intense state of paranoia while holding a package from a local mafia boss. In the lobby, a British psychologist, suffering from the trauma of losing her son, checks in. A rising mafia boss, having plundered drugs from rival crime family, races in a car to meet the drug mule in his hotel room. Showered by a barrage of bullets, a female assassin lingers on the verge of death. Astonishingly poetic special effects rivet viewers to the screen as the characters' collective destiny unfolds.

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Ironies compound ironies in The Tesseract, a hyper-stylized, meta-narrative about the fateful links between four strangers staying in a Bangkok hotel called the Heaven. Sean (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) is a British drug runner making a local gang impatient, Rosa is a child psychologist taping interviews with local kids about their dreams, Wit (Alexander Rendel) is a little thief who lives and works there, and a female assassin (Lene Christensen) sent to deal with Sean sits bleeding from a bullet wound in one of the Heaven's drearier rooms. Wit is the link between all three adults, running errands, ingratiating himself, breaking into rooms to find items worth fencing. Based on a novel by Alex Garland (The Beach), The Tesseract is directed by Oxide Pang Chun (co-director of Infernal Affairs) and casts a feverish spell with its endless time loops, dissecting action and drama through shifting perspectives on the same scenes. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Saskia Reeves, Alexander Rendell, Carlo Nanni, Lena Christensen
  • Directors: Oxide Pang Chun
  • Writers: Oxide Pang Chun, Alex Garland, Patrick Neate
  • Producers: Jun Hara, Koichi Shibuya, Michael Kawamura, Naoki Kai
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Thai
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002X7GSO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Tesseract" on IMDb

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By drakeisawake on August 25, 2004
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The Tesseract starts at first glance like a low budget, Hong Kong cinema, slick matrix-esque rip-off, but then a truly amazing thing happens. It evolves into an old-school, 70's type exploitation picture, where everyone is stressed out, every pore is sweat soaked, every shot revealing more in its graininess, and everyone is chasing the drugs. The Tesseract, based on a book by Alex Garland, revolves around strangers in a flea-bag hotel, whose lives slowly start to intertwine as fate and circumstance send them colliding into climaxing contact. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, from such films as Velvet Goldmine and Vanity Fair, is the closest thing to a lead this ensemble piece has, and he shines, delivering a performance full of stress induced angst and infused with subtle humor. The Tesseract was a success in the indie-movie house world and film festivals, and was picked up by Sundance in the U.S. for distribution. I highly recommend giving this movie a chance, it will surprise you. It would be a shame for a gem like this to slip through the cracks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bottoms on February 11, 2012
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In an interview the Wachowski brothers gave, they mentioned how "The Tesseract" gave them much inspiration for the movie "The Matrix". I believe the interview was included on the Matrix DVD.
Since I really liked the special effects in the Matrix, I saw the movie solely on this recommendation. I a budding movie maker and always interested in how special effects are created in the blockbuster movies. I was blown away by the effects and the cinematography and greatly surprised by the storyline. I enjoyed immensely the movie. If you watch the movie based on its own merit, I'd say its excellent. Suspense filled, spooky and creepy at times. It was really well done. Great ending also.
Its a shame that some earlier reviewers were tainted by reading the book. An author can whip up out of nothing a highly stylized construct or framework of a world where by the reader fills in all the nitty gritty details based on each person's experience. Making a movie is where the rubber hits the road. Limited by money, time, manpower, talent of set designers, etc.
Jumping down from the soapbox now.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By joe larkin on May 28, 2005
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The Tesseract From the mind of Oxide Pang, co-director of the international horror sensation The Eye, comes this stylish and high-tension adaptation of the book by The Beach author Alex Garland. As drug dealer Sean (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) and documentary filmmaker Rosa (Saskia Reeves) sit anxiously in a rundown Bangkok hotel,things get interesting,depression drug deal with lead to a kidnapping of a child ,and the devils other work blackmail car chases and mayham like a good 70,s flick run on a saturday night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jefloro65 on October 24, 2013
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Any movie with Jonathan Rhys Meyers is at least a 4 star just for the eye candy. Script was adequate, cast better than most, cinematography, and editing were good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By scarlet on September 25, 2011
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SAD MOVIE OR MAYBE IT WAS JUST MY MOOD BUT I FELT KIND OF DEPRESSED AFTER I WATCHED IT. I LOVE MEYERS TALENT HE CAN PLAY ANY ROLE AND MAKE IT HIS.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 8, 2005
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The Tesseract (Oxide Pang, 2003)

I hereby forgive Danny Boyle for taking Alex Garland's amazing novel The Beach and turning it into the piece of celluloid excrement that it became. The problem seems to be that Alex Garland's novels have a pathological fear of being turned into movies, because unlike The Beach, The Tesseract comes with a director (The Eye's Oxide Pang) and male lead (b.Monkey's Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) who are absolutely above reproach and can simply do no wrong, and the movie's still... eh.

(I hereby thank all things holy that Garland's excellent screenplay for 28 Days Later... was not, in fact, based on one of his novels.)

The Tesseract is an interesting premise; the lives of four people (a drug runner, a psychologist, a bellboy, and an injured assassin) intersect in various ways in a disreputable Bangkok hotel. You know that Pang (who also directed the above-average action flick Bangkok Dangerous) is going to be able to do wonderful things with his home turf, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers could make reading Harlot's Ghost worth watching. Add in Saskia Reeves (Dune) and you've got a recipe for a blockbuster. Problem is, it never quite gels.

Pang, as expected, does in fact do wonderful things. (His use of repeated scenes from different angels to track the deeply confusing time element in the story is wonderful.) Rhys-Meyers, though he gets surprisingly little screen time for a male lead, acts as well as he always does. Saskia Reeves, who actually gets the most screen time (along with bellboy Wit, played by newcomer Alexander Rendell), also does a good job, although her part's not as well-written as is Rhys-Meyers' or Rendell's. The action is relatively fast, the camerawork is superb. So what's wrong with it?

I can't really tell you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Embem on June 28, 2014
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Wonderful
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