Writer: Bradley King, Bp Cooper (Screenplay)
Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary, George Finn, Amin Joseph, Jason Spisak, David Figlioli
Plot: Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24hrs into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Story: Time Lapse starts by meeting struggling artist Finn (O’Leary) as he can’t find his inspiration for his next piece of work. We see how he works as a building manager to keep money together, we meet his girlfriend Callie (Panabaker) and his roommate Jasper (Finn). The friends investigate a resident who seems to have gone missing and discover a camera taking photos of their living room. Upon discovering that the camera takes a photo of the next day, the group try to figure out what is going on and discuss what they could use to their advantage. While they continue to make money from the camera suspicious starts to grow on them. Ivan (Spisak) Jasper’s bookie learns of the camera and soon ends up forcing them to continue getting the photos results so he can benefit from them. The friends grow distant as they continue to question why they end up in the situations in the photos.
Time Lapse gives us a time travel films that gives us plenty of questions, with each photo putting the group into a situation they can’t explain. This gives us as viewers the question what would we do if we saw ourselves in a photo that hasn’t happened in a position we could explain. Where the story get let down is in the generic characters that do the trademark time travel mistakes. We have the greedy monetary, the one who sees things improving for them personally and the one who gather inspiration even though they question the morale side. As many time travel films do they test the character development even when the science behind it all never gets fully explained. Time Lapse is a very interesting story that keeps you guessing without really pushing you to any limits. (7/10)
Danielle Panabaker: Callie aspiring author who wants to continue working on her work and see the camera as a way to make money and focus on her work. Callie turns out to be planning to gain more attention from her boyfriend with the photos. Danielle gives a good performance and shines when the final twist is revealed. (7/10)
Matt O’Leary: Finn young artist who has been struggling with his work but after the camera shows him his next picture he agrees to join in the work. The reluctant member of the friends who gains motivation from what he sees in the photos. Matt gives a good performance. (7/10)
George Finn: Jasper gambler who gets the three into trouble by making too much money after the camera reveals the results of the races. The member who gets caught up in his gambling addiction and becomes obsessed about photos, leading to his friends to be put in danger. George gives a good performance. (7/10)
Support Cast: Time Lapse only uses a few supporting characters who each offer something to what happens, be it explaining what is happening and what could go wrong with it.
Director Review: Bradley King – Bradley does a great job directing a time travel film that really makes you think. (7/10)
Sci-Fi: Time Lapse uses the theory of time travel to push a story where the characters get pushed into action they couldn’t. (7/10)
Thriller: Time Lapse doesn’t fit the full thriller side a story uses but keeps you wondering what will happen next. (7/10)
Settings: Time Lapse only uses one setting being a residential home where the three friends live together showing that they have become trapped in the world where they can’t escape a future they think they can’t change. (9/10)
Suggestion: Time Lapse is a film that should be tried by all fans of the time travel genre because it really shows you don’t need too much to get everything you need in a film. (Try it)
Best Part: Time Lapse best part is the theory behind the camera.
Worst Part: Time Lapse weak point in never really explaining the science behind the camera.
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes
Overall: Great Time Travel Film