January 28, 2011
Movie Review: Life in a Day
By Annie Badavas
Contributor Annie Badavas reviews Life in a Day, a project by YouTube, produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin MacDonald. Life in a Day premiered at Sundance on Jan. 27, along with a live simulcast on YouTube.
This was a question asked by filmmaker Kevin MacDonald (State of Play, The Last King of Scotland) ... and then, more than 80,000 people answered his question. Contributors from almost 200 countries around the world took the time to produce about 4,500 hours of footage. MacDonald teamed up with YouTube and producer Ridley Scott to compile the extensive "live clips" that were uploaded on the site on the same day. And, somehow they managed to break the videos down into a 94-minute 57-second feature film. The result was fascinating, and unlike anything ever seen in film before.
Life in a Day was released on January 27th, 2010 at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as, streamed live on the YouTube channel. The emotional breakdown of many of the characters, whether that was sadness, joy, enthusiasm, hope, or envy, brought the audience along on a roller-coaster ride of enchantment. No one wanted the film to end. It was one of the most personal glimpses into what other peoples' lives were like.
The YouTube channel is no longer showing the full film; only the preview. If you missed the movie live, or at Sundance last night, Life in a Day will be released, an exact year after the making, on July 24th, 2011 at theaters across the globe. Critics are raving about this film, and I give it a solid 88 points on our MRQE Metric scale.