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After ten years apart three desperate people come together to play out the unresolved drama of their final days in high school. As years of denial slowly peel away each is provoked into revealing their true nature. Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 07/20/2004 Starring: Ethan Hawke Robert Sean Leonard Run time: 83 minutes Rating: R
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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.
I was also reminded of high school, its pressures and bittersweet romances that can never be forgotten and that, for better or worse, defined life paths for many of us. The first love, the first rejection, the first true friendship... Linklater shows that these can coalesce, blend, and differentiate in an elaborate dance of memories and emotions. What is free will? how do we define ourselves? what is self-respect and how does it stand up to emotional revelations? Why would one want to stay and face the demons from one's past rather than flee into the oblivion of worldly "success"? These are all issues Linklater and his actors distill into a bewildering and intoxicating beverage that makes for fidgety yet irresistible viewing.
A lot in this movie (like in any good theater) is left unsaid; in other words, it is left to be conveyed by actors' body language and energetic tone of their emotions. They succeed spectacularly. This movie should be a required part of curriculum of every acting school worthy of its designation. I would especially recommend it to European actors (who often seem to miss the best American productions) and directors (who should know better).
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.
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Richard Linklater(School Of Rock, Suburbia, Dazed and Confused) directs this powerful and in your face experience about three friends who come back in their lives and then things... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003 by Michael Bolts
If you're crazy about Ethan Hawke and Uma Therman, as I am, this off-beat Linklater endeavour may be worth a ride. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2003 by Nearly Nubile
so i loved slacker, dazed & confused and waking life immensely. i have nothing but good things to say about richard linklater. but this, this movie, this is an insult. Read morePublished on June 23 2003 by nestalicious
A few of my fellow reviewers have stated that nothing happens in this film, their wrong, I'm not sure what they where expecting from based on a stage play with a three man cast. . Read morePublished on May 3 2003
If you enjoy dissecting camera angles and critiquing actors, then you may enjoy this film. The set and cast are limited, so there is a lot of time to concentrate on those subtle... Read morePublished on March 4 2003
whereas most morality tales will bring up one or more questions and focus on the ethics of the answers, this movie seems to me to be bringing into question the idea of ethics and... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2003 by Alabaster Jones
This movie is a nice change from Hollywood movies. It is not about visual effects or soundtracks, nor $20 million actors. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2002 by Devin Wagner
First off, I don' rate any movies five. Second, this wouldn't be a 3 but somewhere in between a 3 and 4. This movie mightily kicked booty. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2002 by Objective if the movie is good in my opinion