ABC Film Challenge – Thriller – # – 2.22 (2017) Movie Review


Director: Paul Currie

Writer: Todd Stein, Nathan Parker (Screenplay)

Starring: Michiel Huisman, Teresa Palmer, Sam Reid, John Waters, Kerry Armstrong, Richard Davies

Plot: A man’s life is derailed when an ominous pattern of events repeats itself in exactly the same manner every day, ending at precisely 2:22 p.m.

Tagline – To save their future, he must fight his fate.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Powerful Sci-Fi

Story: 2:22 starts as we meet the air traffic control team with Dylan (Huisman) who has just celebrated his 30th birthday, he can keep the planes in perfect timing until one day he freezes escaping with a close call. Dylan finds himself suspended and taking a chance on ballet tickets, which leads him to meet Sarah (Palmer).

Dylan and Sarah strike up a romance only Dylan is noticing a series of events happening in his life, with the time being the same every day, with an incident happening, as he goes in search of answers about these events.

Thoughts on 2:22

Characters – Dylan is an air traffic controller that has a genius about how he can judge the landings, he could be a pilot, he is trained, only he prefers his skills on the ground, until he makes a mistake, even though this mistakes leads him to Sarah, he starts to become paranoid about what is happening in his life, believing there is a pattern happening to him. Sarah works in the gallery, she meets Dylan by chance with the two falling in love, only her work is playing into the visions that Dylan is having. Jonas is the person that Sarah works for, he is considered one of the great artists in the land, his creation is what drives Dylan obsession for the truth.

PerformancesMichiel Huisman is great in the leading role, he plays the genius who might be paranoid with ease, while having the charming side for moments required. Teresa Palmer is great too as the love interest, while the rest of the cast do struggle to make the true impact on the story.

StoryThe story here follows one man that sees his life unravel after he starts noticing a pattern in his life and he goes in search for the truth before it is too late, which will see love play a major part in what he is fighting for. In this story we do get to see the concepts behind love being meant to be showing us how no matter what the plan is, you will find each other, you will also need to believe in the impossible which at times will only make you question the person you love the most. The story does play out over the idea something big is going to happen, only it doesn’t seem to imply just how long everything is running.

Mystery/Sci-FiThe mystery in this film comes from seeing just how Dylan is seeing thing repeating over and over, with him trying to put the pieces together, he does turn to the unknown of sci-fi for answers.

SettingsThe film uses the New York setting well showing first how hectic the airport would be and then just how you could meet people in such a busy city.

Scene of the Movie – Changing the pattern.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The timeline, how long have the two been together?

Final Thoughts This is a very entertaining sci-fi mystery that does keep us on edge and wants to play into everlasting love.

Overall: Strong Mystery Sci-Fi.

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