I love movies about time travel, particularly those that try to negate or even preempt the paradoxical issues involved. Many of the films I’ve seen that address this subject are intelligent and clever, however a handful stand out above the rest. I am proud to add TIME LAPSE to this elite few. This film is a slick sci-fi thriller that entertains on every level, and I can see myself revisiting this one very soon. It is simply that good.
If you are not familiar with TIME LAPSE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of XLRator Media:
A science fiction thriller with a mind-bending premise, TIME LAPSE explores the possibilities of time travel via a camera that takes pictures 24 hours into the future. When three friends discover this mysterious machine, they conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop and tear their relationship apart. Starring Danielle Panabaker (“The Flash”), Matt O’Leary, and George Finn, TIME LAPSE combines edge-of-your-seat suspense with provocative ideas about pre-determination and free will.
I had high expectations for this film, but I wasn’t prepared for just how much fun it really is. The story is engrossing, the acting is superb, and the concepts…wow. They truly boggle the mind. I’m one of those geeky guys who likes to discuss and debate the plausibility of time travel, so if you’re a fellow geek, this movie is definitely for you.
TIME LAPSE is shot well and looks great onscreen. The production value appears high, although I have to confess I have no clue what the film’s budget was.
The acting is superb, with Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary, and George Finn giving excellent performances. These three have great onscreen chemistry, and they seem to have no trouble bringing their characters to life. I also enjoyed seeing John Rhys-Davies in a cameo role as Mr. Bezzerides. He doesn’t have much screen-time (barely any at all, except in the Deleted Scenes), but Rhys-Davies always delights, regardless of his role.
The special effects in TIME LAPSE are almost nonexistent, however the machine (camera) looks impressive, much like something of that nature would be expected to appear. The story is the real winner, though. This tale is a carefully constructed and well-executed thriller that will keep you riveted until the end. And there’s even a nice twist I didn’t see coming, as well.
TIME LAPSE is a major win for me, and science fiction buffs will want to check this out soon. You don’t have to have a high IQ to enjoy this one, either. It doesn’t propose mind-bending physics or dabble too much in the paradoxic issues, but instead offers a curious and yet terrifying glimpse into the ‘what-ifs’ of the situation. TIME LAPSE is available tomorrow, and I recommend giving it a look.