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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Movie review: "Code 46"

This movie is set in the "not too distant future", and is about a man (William) who meets a woman (Maria), falls in love, then finds out that their "encounter" (as in "sexual encounter") is a "code 46 violation". Basically, their DNA is too similar, and there would be too great a chance of problems, biological, ethical, etc..

Now, as this takes place in the future (play omnious music here), the government does really wild stuff, and the technology is way too cool, too scary, too invasive. Terms and words from many different languages are used on a regular basis. For example, instead of "thank you" everyone says "gracias" (actually they say "grathias" the way it's said in Spain), instead of saying "thing" they say "cosa", etc.. There are lots of terms from other languages used, French, Chinese, and Hindi (I think). It's a big mix.

Now, without trying to give away anything, there's a scene that's kinda wild when you think about it. The company Maria works for gives her a virus that basically makes her "allergic" to William. The virus throws her body into a "fight or flight" response, so while she's not sacred of him, her body's reaction to him is to run away, and even his touch hurts her.

But, she wants to have sex with him. So she says "Make my body make love to you." So he ties her up, and... it looks almost like a rape scene... her trying to get away, him calmly forcing her legs open... All the while she's on the verge of tears, but with a nervous smile.

I think the movie's true message isn't about love, I think it's about freedom, the choices you make, the risks you take, all despite how the government (or whatever "powers that be") try to control you. I wouldn't say the movie wasn't "great"... it was "good".


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