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The Tesseract (2003)

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A psychologist, an Englishman, a bellboy and a wounded female assasin have their fates crossed at a sleazy Bangkok hotel.

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Sean
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Rosa
Alexander Rendell ...
Wit
Carlo Nanni ...
Roy
Lena Christensen ...
Lita
Veradis Vinyarath ...
Sia Toh
Tunpicha Simasathen ...
Cat
Pitakpong Sillapasorn ...
Hea Mah
Larkana Vatanawongsiree ...
Fon
Somlee Phiboonpun ...
Hoi
Nimponth Chaisirikul ...
Hotel owner
Chalempron Kaprat ...
Tui
Wesley Homjan ...
Jo
Sorasak Phatumsiri ...
Sia Toh's men
Tawan Nomjun ...
Sia Toh's men
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In Bangkok, in a low-budget hotel called "Heaven", the fate of four guests are interconnected due to a theft in a room: Sean, a paranoid English drug dealer, that is dealing with a powerful local drug lord; the also British psychologist Rosa, who is grieving the loss of her son and making a research with poor children in Thailand; a seriously wounded killer, hired to kill the mobster; and Wit, a thirteen years old abused bellboy, that steals the guests. In the end, we see that it is almost impossible to control life, and sometimes, a subtle incident may lead to fatality. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violence, language, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Sean: [grabs Wit and pins him to the wall] You! Shit!
Fon: [In Thai] You stole my friend's belongings, didn't you? Time to hand it back.
Wit: [In Thai] What are you talking about? I have no idea.
Fon: [In Thai] You have no idea how important it is. Hand it back!
Wit: [In Thai] Come on, how can I steal it?
Fon: [In Thai] Liar!
Wit: [In Thai] I didn't steal anything. Honestly!
Fon: [In Thai] Liar! Hand it back now!
Wit: [In English to Sean] Mr. Sean, you know me right? I wouldn't steal from you, I'm a good boy.
Sean: [...]
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A case of style over content.
4 February 2006 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Oxide Pang's adaptation of Alex Garland's novel, The Tesseract, employs every visual trick in the book to disguise the lack of strong narrative. However, the glossy veneer soon wears thin, revealing a rather dull story which ultimately fails to impress.

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers plays a desperate drug runner embroiled in a deal that goes wrong, when his consignment mysteriously goes missing. The tale is told in a non-linear fashion that at first confuses but eventually becomes clearer to those viewers that stay the distance. The problem is that director Pang leaves it too late in the day to start filling in the blanks, by which time all but the most patient will have given up watching.

The film does get marginally better towards the end – but is it really worth the wait?


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