Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
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- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
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- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
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- Sony 85 inch X950H FALD TV
Time travel movies are always a bit dicey. The theories of time travel are just that, theories, and the implementation of them in films and TV can be a bit rocky as they tend to be circular and convoluted. They end up doubling back on themselves and creating inconsistencies in the time travel principals simply because we have NO IDEA how they would play out in reality, and the ever moving target of accuracy just can’t be achieved. I know, I know, I’m being a bit nerdy here, but that has always been my problem with time travel films. They just contradict their own rules so many times in order to get to the desired narrative end that my teeth grind just thinking about it. However, over the years I have gotten a bit softer on the subject and have to make a conscious effort to just check my brain in at the door over the physics of the matter, and just enjoy the film/show for what it is.
Before seeing the press release for Time Freak I had no idea that it ever existed. It was a minor theatrical film that starred some decent actors, but I had never seen nor heard from it before. Being that I’m a sucker for sci-fi movies in general (despite my gripes about time travel), and due to the fact that Sophie Turner was one of my favorite characters from Game of Thrones I decided to give the low budget film a chance. End result….I actually enjoyed it. Time Freak doesn’t pave any new roads with theories of time travel, and it’s not the greatest romance film on the face of this earth, but I really surprised myself by actually enjoying it way more than I honestly expected to. It has it’s flaws, but Time Freak is one of those movies where I stood back after the credits rolled and said to myself “that’s actually really cute”.
Asa Butterfield is Stillman, a physics genius making his way through college. He thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he hooks up with his complete opposite, a free floating bartender named Debbie (Sophie Turner), but sooner or later their romance seems to fizzle out and Debbie breaks up with him. Depressed and wanting to fix it, Stillman pulls off the impossible. He creates a time machine to jump back in time and fix all of the “problems” that he perceives in their relationship. Unfortunately it’s not going too hot (the opening scene of the film is him failing time and time again at convincing Debbie to not break up with him), so he takes his best friend Evan (Skyler Gisondo) back with him in time to help him iron out the wrinkles.
As cute as Time Freak is, there is one major flaw in the film, the relationship/romance between Stillman and Debbie. The spark of chemistry just isn’t that well developed, and while Sophie Turner is adorable as Debbie, you just don’t SEE that chemistry that they supposedly have on screen. BBBBUUUUT, there is one upside. The chemistry between Stillman and Evan is fantastic as the two jump back and forth through time together. The two best friends actually feel like real friends, and that is a huge boon to the film as the first 2/3rds of the movie is the two of them trying to fix things. Asa Butterfield is the straight man of the two, while Skyler works his goofy charms and brings out quite a few laughs in an otherwise droll situation.
Rated PG-13 for drug material, some sexual content, and language
• Time Freak: The Original Academy Award Nominated Short Film
• Making Time Freak Featurette
I’m going to be honest with you. I really expected Time Freak to be childish trash. I had zero expectations from the trailer and was really only interested in seeing it because I like Sansa Stark, but I found myself grinning way more often than expected and impressed with a few of the end twists, leaving me with the “aw, that was actually really cute” feeling at the end. There is most definitely some awkward chemistry with Sophie and Asa, which is a detriment to the film, but it’s mostly made up with the camaraderie that occurs between Asa and Skyler. The Blu-ray from Lionsgate is more than pleasing in the technical specs, and actually provides some above average extras to enjoy as well. It’s not the perfect sci-fi/rom-com ever made, but Time Freak was a fun story that had more than a few entertaining surprises along the way. Recommended as a solid enough watch/rental.
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Sophie Turner, Skyler Gisondo, Will Peltz, Aubrey Reynolds, Jillian Joy, Joseph Park, Cassie Williams, Caden J. Gregoire, Coral Chambers
Directed by: Andrew Bowler
Written by: Andrew Bowler
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Runtime: 104 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: January 8th, 2019
Recommendation: Solid Watch