I have to state right up front that I am very pleasantly surprised with 95ERS: TIME RUNNERS. When I first read the press release, my interest was piqued because I like time travel concepts, and I’m always interested to see how writers try to overcome the whole paradox issue. Many times, they completely disregard the issue, choosing instead to focus on the story instead of the science. But 95ERS: TIME RUNNERS does an excellent job of fleshing out a way to bypass the paradoxical issues and focus on a riveting plot line at the same time.
If you are not familiar with 95ERS: TIME RUNNERS, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Inception Media Group:
In the distant future, millions have died in brutal wars leaving cities laying in ruins. The ultimate weapons become time machines which can insure victory by manipulating the past. In the not-distant future, FBI agent Sally Biggs is obsessed with investigating unsolved cases involving paranormal activities especially the bizarre disappearance of her scientist husband. She suspects that the mysteries have something to do with the destabilization of time, since Sally herself has the power to rewind history. But she slowly learns that her power is connected to a cataclysmic war in the future, and that she, her husband, and their unborn child become important targets of soldiers traveling from the future. Hunted by assassins while her own timeline is unraveling, her only hope is to follow her husband’s ghost to the awesome truth that ties all the mysteries together.
From my experience, most lower-budget time-travel movies are a bust. In some, the special effects are simply too cheap and distracting to enjoy the story. And in others, the plot suffers because all of the budget was spent on flashy effects. But that is not the case here; this film blends a nice balance of both story and special effects.
95ERS: TIME RUNNERS is shot fairly well and actually looks good onscreen. Some of the futuristic CG animation looks like video game quality, but it still looks impressive nonetheless. The timeline effects steal the show, though, and I have to truly commend the production team on them. I’ve never seen a visual interpretation of timeline-tracking like this, but it is both unique and vibrant. As such, I had no problems believing in this aspect of the time travel concept.
The storyline of the film is what really wins me over with this one, though. This is a thinking-man’s time travel story, and it’s about time we had a good one. With that being said, you really have to pay attention to what’s happening to truly understand the film. You cannot idly watch and expect to comprehend. But if you can devote your full attention to it, everything should click.
95ERS: TIME RUNNERS is a definite win for me, and I highly recommend giving it a look. The science alone is enough of a reason to check it out; much of what is presented in the film is based on research that is currently underway. Therefore, who knows how feasible this might be in the future? Regardless, give this film a chance for sure.