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More time travel!

Yes, please!

Recommended by Compn, who said, “A bit uneven but this is good because it flies by all plot holes at breakneck nerd speed!”

PLOT SUMMARY: “It’s complicated.”

Seriously:


Yes. THERE ARE NINE FUCKING EXPLICIT TIMELINES (plus a set of implied, uncounted timelines). Not that we had any idea about this when the movie was over. We knew that there were, perhaps, 2 or 3 explicit ones (and all the implicit ones).

Yes. Very confusing.

BACKWARD PLOT SUMMARY: I… My brain is too hurt to even begin to think about that. 5 points to anyone who can summarize this plot, backward, in a way that makes sense and is funny.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Work project leads to complications.

PEOPLE: Written and directed by some dude who’s done nothing else (Shane Carruth), starring a bunch of people nobody’s ever seen — most of them ONLY in this movie.

QUIRKS: Time travel. Engineering. Confusion. Low ($7,000) budget. Jarring editing. Crazy causality.

VISUALS: Kinda low-budget looking, actually. This is a movie where the flashiness takes place in the tingle in your mind, not in the production quality.

MORALS: Don’t time travel. (“Don’t put the universe in a tube.” -Tim And Eric)

GOOD STUFF: If you have a technical background, you will appreciate how much engineering talk there is in the beginning, before the plot really starts to develop.

BAD STUFF: If you do not have a technical background, you will be annoyed at how much engineering talk there is in the beginning, before the plot really starts to develop.

Seriously though — a lot of the unique aspects of this movie can be taken for good or bad, depending on what kind of person you are. Things go by at breakneck speed. Some who don’t understand it think it’s pretentious, but it’s not. It’s just confusing.

CONCLUSION: A great mindfuck, and a very dense movie to work your mind around. Almost certainly best with repeated viewings.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10. “I think it would go up after a second watching, maybe to 5/5 stars, 8/10.”

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.9/10, Netflix: 3.2/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.3/5 stars–correct that we were higher than average, but still way off–too low).

RECOMMENDATION: Watch this movie twice. Don’t expect to get it all the first time you watch it. After the first viewing, study the timeline graph above. Read the IMDB FAQ. If you have the time, read this article. Get it in your head. It’s going to need to simmer for awhile to be properly understood.

SIMILAR MOVIES: There are some confusing time travel movies out there — but nothing quite as confusing as this one. Even something like Summer Time Machine Blues doesn’t come close. The movie Triangle is actually even more confusing than your average time travel movie — but this is even more confusing than that! This is the biggest time travel mindfuck of all!

MOVIE QUOTE:

Aaron: “Man, are you hungry? I haven’t eaten since later this afternoon.”

“…they knew that the easiest way to be exploited is to sell something they did not yet understand. So they kept quiet.”

Aaron: “You want to put my camcorder inside the box that’s so dangerous we can’t look into it?!”

Abe: “If you ditch work this afternoon, and promise to do the few small things I ask you; I will in return show you the most important thing that any living organism has ever witnessed.”Music: Moistboyz – Saturday Night