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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.
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.Read more ›
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Although this film is well acted, I found it exceptionally slow and repetitive. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is an astounding actor, but this film didn't do him justice. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Francine Roberts
Not a bad movie but nothing like the book. Got a bit silly in places. Great for the Bangkok scenery. Fans of the book will be dissapointed.Published on December 12, 2008 by Alexander Scholten
The Tesseract, the book, written by Alex Garland is the best fiction book that I have ever read. This film adapation, directed by Oxide Pang Chun, is LOOSELY based on the book. Read morePublished on November 22, 2004 by Eric Olsen