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Movie Review by Neils Hesse

Starring: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden, Anand Upadhyaya

Director: Shane Carruth

Abe (David Sullivan) and Aaron (Shane Carruth) are two average engineers who whilst constructing a machine for some basic functional use in a lab stumble upon time travel. As mind boggling as their discovery is they soon start to take advantage of the limitless possibilities by cashing in on the stock market and for a while it seems as if they have got it made, just as long as they stay within certain boundaries. As is always the case the temptation to do more is too great and sure enough their whole experiment starts to quickly spiral out of control. Consequently they find themselves in a predicament and have to make some very tough decisions that may have tragic repercussions.

If you can suspend reality for a while and if you are into cerebral sci-fi then this film is surely meant just for you! Apparently filmed for well under $10,000 it is quite an intriguing piece of work. Despite having a few extremely grainy visuals that show just how low budget it is, the actual premise of time travel is handled well here, which makes this a genuinely original film. The full on complexities of the film coupled with the extremely technical dialogue in parts can prove to be taxing after a while but with a running time of only 77 minutes it is bearable. The acting isn’t top rate but it is adequate for the film and its characters. One thing’s for sure though, it is a very good discussion piece and will probably garner a huge cult following.

It’s good but only see it now if you are a true low budget sci-fi devotee. I would still recommend it for home viewing though and would otherwise wait for it on DVD.

3 out of 6 stars

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