30 Beats Reviews
This wisp of a movie, inspired by Arthur Schnitzler's play "La Ronde," offers only hints of the complicated personalities behind the characters' sleek, well-toned surfaces.
"30 Beats" goes on to a meandering orgasm of multiple, less-than-dangerous liaisons meant to titillate, fascinate and illuminate. But once the sweat dries, it irritates.
It means to be an interconnected story, in which one coupling leads to another in increasingly ridiculous fashion, until you're not only no longer interested, you're grinding your teeth, hoping it will end.
Despite the presence of such actors as Lee Pace, Jennifer Tilly, Justin Kirk, Thomas Sadoski and Paz de la Huerta, there is no character insight allowed by the bumper-car storytelling.
[VIDEO ESSAY] Marginally enhanced by the presence of a few experienced actors (Jennifer Tilly, Paz De La Huerta, Lee Pace), writer-director Alexis Lloyd's Manhattan-set sexual roundelay is a shoddy feature debut.
While it lends itself to some interesting insight on the politics of non-exclusive, ****-buddy dynamics, its characters are ultimately too one-dimensional and their dialogue too theatrical to sustain an involving cinematic experience.