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Code 46 - Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Om Puri, Michael Winterbottom

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Movie propaganda

How do you solve a crime when the last thing you want to know is the truth?

Code 46 is a love story set in an eerily possible near-future where cities are heavily controlled and only accessible through checkpoints. People cannot travel unless they have "papelles", a special travel insurance. Outside these cities, the desert has taken over and shanty towns are jammed with non-citizens - people without papelles whose lives are severely restricted.

William (Tim Robbins) is a family man who works as an insurance investigator. When his company sends him to another city to solve a case of fake papelles, he meets a woman named Maria (Samantha Morton). Although he knows she has been creating the forgeries, he falls completely in love with her. He hides her crime and they have a wild, passionate affair that can only last as long as his papelles: 24 hours. Back home, William is obsessed with the memory of Maria. He tries to see her but is refused the necessary papers to travel. Desperate, he uses one of the fake papelles he kept from his investigation. He eventually tracks her down, only to discover she has been accused of a Code 46 violation.

Persons of interest

  • Tim Robbins .... William
  • Samantha Morton .... Maria
  • Om Puri .... Backland
  • Emil Marwa .... Mohan
  • Nina Fog .... Wole
  • Bruno Lastra .... Bikku
  • Christopher Simpson .... Paul
  • David Fahm .... Damian Alekan
  • Jeanne Balibar .... Sylvie
  • Mick Jones .... Himself
  • Taro Sherabayani .... Jim
  • Nina Sosanya .... Anya
  • Frank Cottrell Boyce .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Winterbottom .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Code 46 is a little bit Minority report, a little bit 2046, a little bit Blade runner and a little bit Equilibrium. Tragic heroes, tragic heroines, fancy technology, a stratified society, triumph of the human spirit, etc. It's also too long; it drags.

See Code 46 when you're too tired to watch a proper movie.

Bonus points for showing actual labia in a movie.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Sexualised nudity)

Surveillance time

92 minutes (1:32 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 4 August 2005
DVD rental: 5 October 2005
VHS rental: 5 October 2005

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