Pssst, want to check out Code 46 in our new look?
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Code 46 uses Shanghai as its primary location (told you, world tour), playing in 2003 the same trick as Her last year, using the strange cityscape and predicted economic supremacy of China, to create the future in visual strokes. But the script does a lot of world-building as well, proposing a future where genetic science is so advanced tailored viruses can give you traits like super-empathy or even affect your memories, and enough of humanity was conceived in vitro that mating is closely monitored so you don't accidentally sleep with your mom. Something like this happens to the lead characters played by Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton - with other references pointing to the Oedipus myth, in case you're wondering. It's a rich future, with a meshing of language and ethnicity speaking to a united if somewhat oppressed humanity. I went in not knowing what to expect, but it's turned out to be one of this film list's more interesting experiments in futurism.
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