Life in a Day: Do you remember July 24, 2010?

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comSeptember 11, 2013 

"Life in a Day" is the first film in the Battelle Film Club’s fall series.


The Battelle Film Club kicks off the 2013 fall series with Life in a Day. The documentary's title hints at the topic. Executive producers -- and brothers -- Ridley and Tony Scott sent messages around the world asking people to submit film and video recordings of their lives on July 24, 2010.

They got 80,000 submissions from 192 countries totaling 4,500 hours. Director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) and 22 others listed as co-directors then edited the clips into a documentary.

Starting at midnight and ending at 11:59 p.m., Life in a Day boils those 4,500 hours down to 95 fascinating minutes. Some videos are light and funny. Other pieces are dark, serious and personal. There is triumph and defeat. You witness life all over the planet from beginning to end. There is birth and death. People work, play and celebrate. They love and are disappointed in love.

Bits and pieces of Life in a Day are short and sweet. They spice up longer, more detailed segments. All you see is immersed in an incredible musical soundtrack done by Harry Gregson-Williams and Matthew Herbert.

It's impossible to describe the power of Life in a Day because of the ordinary topics just listed. Most documentaries of this ilk are sometimes inspiring pieces of art. Often they are self-indulgent and lose steam about 45 minutes into their 90-minute to two-hour life. While faltering here and there -- did we really need to see the cow being killed? -- this one maintains its pace and is mind-boggling from the opening sequences to the end.

July 24, 2010 was a Saturday. In the morning, I went to a screening of the very bad animated kid flick Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Afternoon and evening was spent at the much more entertaining and fulfilling wedding and reception of Marissa Brown and Darren Rice.

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars

Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It is playing at 8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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