Movies are made up of hundreds of shots that have been edited to make a thematically continuous story. These shots can span extremely widely in space and time. But one of the toughest feats to achieve is to tell a story in real time. So, here is the list of top films ever that take place in real time.
10. Timecode (2000)
This deserves a place for the sheer effort it took to plan and shoot this film. While it is not a cornerstone of filmmaking, it is an exercise in experimental films. The USP of the film is that four frames are juxtaposed on the screen. And each frame is a continuous shot. It does start out disconcerting the viewers because of the sheer amount of things going on. The story is fairly ordinary about a few characters with the world of Hollywood lurking in the background. But soon, you realize that you have to look at the big picture and all the frames come together to form a fairly comprehensible movie.
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9. Buried (2010)
When a film is limited to a particular period of time, naturally a single location is used. It also adds a sense of claustrophobia that turns up the intensity of the movie without having action or lame exposition to build to a climax. And ‘Buried’ is an example of exactly that. It follows the story of an American Trucker who is buried alive in a coffin in the middle of a desert, armed with only a phone and a lighter. The movie takes place entirely in real time and inside the coffin. The tension builds up as the protagonist literally struggles for breath. With a great performance by Ryan Reynolds, the only actor we see in the flesh, and a very difficult story to tell effectively, ‘Buried’ will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.