Thursday, February 18, 2016

What's On Netflix?: TIME LAPSE

Welcome to this week's installment of What's On Netflix?, where we take a look at a movie currently available on Netflix, good or bad, and review it.  This week we are reviewing the indie sci-fi thriller, TIME LAPSE.

Sometimes, when looking for a Netflix film to review, I will pick one based one the genre and stars of the film, and that was the case this time.  I was jonesing for something in the sci-fi genre, and when I came across Time Lapse, I recognized Danielle Panabaker right away.  I know Danielle from the hit CW series The Flash, where she plays Caitlyn Snow, and I have loved her on that show since the beginning.  So, it was a no-brainer for me to check out a film in which she starred.

The film follows three friends (Callie, Finn, and Jasper) who discover a strange camera that possesses the ability to take photos 24 hours into the future.  So, of course, they decide to use this camera to try and make some cash, but when they start seeing some disturbing images in the photographs, things begin to go horribly wrong for all three of them.

This is writer/director Bradley King's directorial debut, which he premiered at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festlival in Brussels, Belgium back in April 2014, and has since then won several awards at various film festivals.  King managed to put together a very complex and compelling story on this simple premise.  He makes you question whether or not free will actually exists or if we are all just destined to do the things we do every single day.  The film also brings up the question of whether or not the future can actually be changed.

Leading this film is the always wonderful, very talented Danielle Panabaker as Callie.  She is superb in this film, and it is great to see her stretch her range away from her character on The Flash, becoming the greatest part of the movie.  Playing her boyfriend, Finn, and their friend, Jasper, are Matt O'Leary (Brick, Frailty) and George Finn (LOL, 90210), respectively.  Personally, I felt O'Leary's performance was bit dry at first, but he really transformed his character into something interesting as the film went on.  Finn's performance as Jasper felt a bit rushed to me.  He flipped so fast that it kind of took me aback, but in the end, it worked.

This film was a pleasant surprise, as most Netflix sci-fi films tend not to be all that good.  I loved this take on time travel, as it's one we rarely get to see, and it gives off a creepy sense of "what's next?"  It had some cool twists and turns, and even made me think it was going to end in a different way than it did, which I suppose is what the director was going for.

If you're into sci-fi and time travel movies, definitely consider giving this one a try.  It's absolutely worth checking out.

The Merc's Score:  8/10

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