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Life in a Day

Life in a Day
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Documentary


Rated: PG-13  
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: July 24, 2011 Released by: National Geographic

A prismatic piece of cinema verity from Kevin MacDonald may seem a tad overdone, but it's often redeemed in its imaginative execution.
 
Life in a Day whittles down some 4,500 hours of footage from very talented YouTube videographers in 192 countries all done on July 24, 2010. These submissions are often something to behold, working noticeably well as a striking time capsule.
 
Those involved get to share some personal details as this highly watchable documentary unfolds at midnight with a variety of folks carrying out their routines which include sleep and travel. MacDonald's works dexterously with his diligent crew, notably editor Joe Walker to fashion an observant range of human feeling from sobering interludes to exhilarating ones - roller coaster riders and skydiving.
 
The memory of Germany's Love Parade hits home on this particular day with other typical rites of passage as in Las Vegas in an Elvis chapel. The background music by Harry Gregson-Williams may be too nudging to embrace a particular mood, but it adds to laughs, eeriness, romance and joys which is consistently riveting.
 
Here's a documentary from the maker of Touching the Void that elicits excitement because of the anticipation of what clips and personage will fill the next frame. Some get longer passages and a few appear multiple times. It all flows with much feeling for (a Korean bicyclist or a human pyramid)  our planet in the early 21st century. It's hard not to enjoy this superbly spliced, spiced-up international showcase which makes for very fine family fare.

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