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- Apr 4, 2017
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I don’t know what it is, but movies about technology related deaths just seem to fall flat. We’ve had movies about internet skype like apps causing death, webcams causing death, and now we have an app that seems to be the bringer of doom. Maybe it’s because it’s just plain ludicrous that the interwebs is some harbinger of death and destruction, but whatever it is I have steeled myself for the worse whenever I see a horror flick revolving around technology. Countdown is really no shocking deviation from the norm, delivering an underwhelming fright fest (or lack of fright fest) that is about as shocking as farting in church, and pretty much being a rehash of Final Destination, just with an app.
When looking up the app store, a group of teenagers stumble upon a mysterious app called “countdown”. Installing it on a whim they find out that it’s an app that supposedly predicts the day that you’re going to die. Most of them shrug it off as just pure garbage. An app designed to scare people and be nothing but hocus pocus, but when one of the teenagers death is only in a few hours AND her death comes true, things get a bit more serious. Segue over to a young hospital RN named Quinn (Elizabeth Lail) who has just been promoted from Intern status up to RN. A patient of hers (the boyfriend of the teenager who dies at the beginning actually) tells her about the app, and soon the hospital staff are downloading it out of morbid curiosity. Most everyone cheerily discusses about how it’s so far off, but Quinn is the only one with a clock counting down over the course of just a few days.
Shrugging it off as a joke, Quinn is soon shocked to find that the patient who clued her in to the app’s existence dies of mysterious circumstances….literally AT the time that his counter said he was. Terrified and afraid, the young woman does everything she can to get rid of the add. Deleting it doesn’t work. Changing phones doesn’t work, and to her dismay the clock just keeps ticking. Teaming up with a fellow “victim” of the clock named Matt (Jordan Calloway) she tries to find a way to defeat the evil app, even going so far as to hook up with outcast priest, father John (J.P Byrne), in her efforts to outwit death itself.
Acting wise, this is a typical low grade horror movie. Most of the actors and actresses are perfectly fine for the role, but I was really scratching my head at Father John. J.P. Byrne adds some comedic flair to the movie and he’s generally funny if you think about it, but the funniness and levity itself is so jarring in the middle of a horror film. I get cracking a few jokes, but there is NOTHING humorous about the rest of the characters or the situations. Byrne’s wisecracks and bumbling antics are so out of place and harshly jarring to the story that I actually wondered if he WAS trying to be funny, or whether I was just assuming that was the intent. It just didn’t work in the context of the movie.
Rated PG-13 for terror, violence, bloody images, suggestive material, language and thematic elements
I kind of felt brain cells dying as I watched The Countdown, and I think I need to go back to school and study in hopes of somehow regaining the IQ points I lost while watching this. It isn’t a BAD movie in the sense of inept acting, cruddy writing or bad effects. It’s just so bland and boring that I was trying REALLY hard not to let my mind wander as I watched it. Universal’s Blu-ray disc is quite appealing with strong video and good audio, but naturally the extras are nowhere to be found. While I don’t think anyone would be completely horrified at watching it as a low rental, this is nowhere near a recommended status in any way, shape, or form.
Starring: Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Tom Seguar, Dillon Lane, Peter Facinelli, Tichina Arnold
Directed by: Justin Dec
Written by: Justin Dec
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Runtime: 91 minutes
Blu-Ray Release Date: January 21st, 2020
Recommendation: Skip It