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Tape is directed by Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, Waking Life) and stars Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, and Uma Thurman. They are the only cast members of the film and the entire feature takes place in a single motel room.
The film was shot on digital and the opening sequences had me dreading yet another movie that is to showcase the direction and film quality with no real plot. I could not have been more wrong.
There are very few films that can be carried merely by the dialogue of the actors. Tape is one of them. As the credits started rolling, both my husband and I were sitting in awe with our mouths hanging open. And the amazing thing is, while I knew what was happening and even predicted the ending, I was still completely captivated as I watched it unravel.
It's very realistic in presentation. Though by the end, you still don't know what the true reality of the film was. But I think that's how it's supposed to be. Very reflective of life. The difference between true fact (if there is such a thing) and the perceptions of the people involved. The effect that intention has on a situation.
I highly recommend this movie, especially if you liked Before Sunrise and Waking Life. Though beyond being based on dialogue, Tape is in a league of its own.
This is a story, that on the surface seems small, is very large in structure. While its only setting is inside a motel room, the written word by Stephen Belber transforms this into a thrilling drama about past lives and future consequences. From the opening scene of Hawke throwing his beers into the motel door until the final dramatic conclusion where Vince is caught up in the web of his own lies, we never really know anything about him. Leonard talks briefly about what he is doing and why he is currently single, but we never really get to know Ethan's character. This is what muddled in my mind for those two days, I continually had to ask myself who Vince really was.Read more ›
Director Richard Linklater handles the material well, it was based on a stage play, and the actors hold their own. Hawke and Leonard, you'll remember were roommates in Dead Poet's Society and Thurman is married to the Hawke, so it is quite a labor of love among friends. I enjoyed the film all the way through but it isn't something I am likely to watch again. A nice one-time event.
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You may not like the quality of the film (looks like a home video), but the cast and acting is top notch. All done in a motel room. High drama, great script, good plot twist. Read morePublished 13 days ago by M. Meek
Trying to understand what makes Tape so fantastic is rather difficult... or rather easy! I remember watching this movie 10 years ago but I obviously didn't understand the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bryan
Very intense, three-person drama. You can tell it was once a play. I thought it started slowly, but after thefirst 20 minutes or so was quite riveting.Published 11 months ago by W. P.
This movie gets 3 stars only because Robert Lenard's acting was excellent and very believable. However, there is a monster flaw in the story line. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Audra Riccitelli
Great movie, it all takes place in one room. You will have to be in the mood to see this film, if you are not, you will hate it. Mid tier Linklater.Published 16 months ago by Mreck