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“A powerful indictment of genetic engineering in humans and government control.”
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LikeGattacadid before it,Code 46extrapolates from the present to posit a chilling, dystopian look at our genetically regimented future. In the corporate-controlled, near-future scenario presented by prolific director Michael Winterbottom and his regular screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, nations and languages have merged to form a polyglot society in which genetic imperfections are avoided by the strict enforcement of Code 46, which prohibits sex between people who share 100%, 50%, or even 25% matching DNA. As an insurance-fraud investigator in Shanghai to investigate the issuance of forged passports (a major offense in an overcrowded world), Tim Robbins meets his prime suspect (Samantha Morton, echoing her role inMinority Report), and their violation of Code 46 has tragic and ultimately dehumanizing repercussions. Fascinating as a "what-if" scenario, Winterbottom's film is more successful as a melancholy mood-piece than a science-fiction tale. While the plot and characters suffer from occasionally vague definition,Code 46offers a fascinating study of human longing in an age of oppressive globalization.--Jeff Shannon
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Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Romance, Sci-Fi
Release Date: August 6, 2004
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
Runtime: 1hr 25min
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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