Picks and Pans Review: Time Code

updated 05/15/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/15/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Saffron Burrows, Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Jeanne Tripplehorn

Director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) shot this 93-minute movie in one day, last Nov. 19, with 28 actors and four digital video cameras, each recording a separate plot thread. Then, rather than editing the footage into one narrative—the cross-cutting technique honed by D.W. Griffith nearly a century ago—he divided the screen image into quadrants. We watch four stories unfolding simultaneously. This stunt sounds like an invitation to a migraine, but Code is actually fun, largely because of its satirical soap-opera setting: an L.A. film production company full of colossal egos in empty heads. Figgis also tosses in four earth tremors. Top that, Mr. Griffith. (R)

Bottom Line: One four all and all four one

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