Tape (2001, USA) C-87m. ** D: Richard Linklater. Starring Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard, Uma Thurman. In an anonymous motel room, Hawke meets former friend Leonard. In their ensuing conversation they learn what both of them have become. Leonard is an up-and-coming filmmaker, Hawke a drifter and drug abuser with a fiendish plan up his sleeve. Chamber drama based on the stage play by Stephen Belber is fascinating to some degree, with good performances, but most of the dialogue (consisting of why/because/if phrases) seems stilted and the point of the whole thing is dubious. A matter of taste, some found this good. Shot on digital video.


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