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December 31, 2011

Movie Review: Life in a Day (2011)

Life in a Day is an interesting experiment in filmmaking. On July 24, 2010, Ridley and Tony Scott asked people around the world to film their days and submit it through YouTube. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world responded, and the footage was cut together to make a documentary. There are interesting stories, and we see the mundane details of many lives.

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Subjects were asked to answer five questions, such as "What's in your pocket?" or "What do you love?" The answers were sometimes interesting and sometimes seemingly useless. We see segments of the lives of cancer patients, poor third world residents and even a reporter in Afghanistan. There is a montage of people waking up and going through morning routines. Couples fight on camera. People deal with their existence in philosophical ways.

There isn't much to say about this movie except that it is an interesting look at daily life. The one lesson I learned is that just when you think your life might be interesting, you realize that most really aren't. The shared experience, however, appears to be greater than we could imagine. We all sleep, we all eat, and we all use the bathroom. From there, we all try to get through our day, and you can get through July 24, 2010 in less than two hours. Fairly interesting stuff, and worth a look if you have nothing better to do.

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