Code 46 (2004 movie)

6 Ratings: 2.8
A 2004 science fiction / love story film.

   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 … see full wiki

Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Romance, Sci-Fi
Release Date: August 6, 2004
MPAA Rating: R
1 review about Code 46 (2004 movie)

Futurelife: Another View of Genetic Policing

  • Jan 10, 2005
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CODE 46 is a rule in a world sometime in the not too distant future which states that it is a crime to combine like DNA at the 100% -50% -25% level. In other words cloning with like data participants is verboten, a punishable crime for which the perpetrators can be thrown on the 'outside' of the otherwise bubble-like realm of the Sphinx Who Knows Best, and for which abortions of conceived similar gene-based fetuses is mandatory.

Michael Winterbottom has created a bizarre netherland that is called Shanghai, a place where people communicate in a charming mixture of French, Spanish, English, Arabic, Chinese etc. Mobility in this 'world state' is limited by the company who governs the issuing of 'covers' (read 'passports') and when fake covers begin to appear an investigator from Seattle (Tim Robbins), who has a virus that allows him to intuit people from one shared bit of information, arrives on the scene. He identifies one Maria (Samantha Morton) who has been narrating our story and whose birthday has arrived, as the possible source of false covers. They meet, have a sexual liaison, and part - only to discover that they are genetically related and therefore have violated Code 46. The manifestations of how this works out is the ending of the film and best left unsaid.

Normally I avoid sci-fi movies, but this film is fairly intelligent and a bit more interesting than most because of the strange feeling that it occurs a time in the very near future. The performances by the always fine Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton add to the success of this film. While it is not a great movie, CODE 46 does raise some moral issues and probes the nihilism philosophy we all face. With genetic engineering becoming a common topic, this cadenza on the theme is an interesting and thoughtful one. Grady Harp, January 2005

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