Releases May 15th, 2015
1 hr 44 mins
Director: Bradley D. King
Writer: Bradley D. King, BP Cooper
Danielle Panabaker as Callie
Matt O'Leary as Finn
George Finn as Jasper
Amin Joseph as Big Joe
Jason Spisak as Ivan
David Figlioli as Marcus
Sharon Maughan as Dr. Heidecker
Judith Drake as Mrs. Anderson
Review by Stephen M.
There is something to be said about woman, money and time seer cameras that always come between good buddies. When three friends happened upon such a camera owned by their missing neighbor, the story of Time Lapse starts to get interesting. The camera takes one pic a day from across the street from the neighbor's home into their living room. The pic shows them tomorrow's evening happenings at 8pm, today.
Of the three friends, two are a couple, Callie (Danielle Panabaker) and Finn (Matt O'Leary), who has their relationship droughts mostly due to Finn's inability to connect to Callie due to his creative block as a painter. And then there is Jasper (George Finn) who has a serious gambling and drug problem that just screams "antagonist" of the story. All three main principals are played well by their respective actors. I especially enjoyed Jasper's bookie Ivan played by Jason Spisak. His speech along with his mannerisms as he talks about how he used to have his enforcer Marcus's job really brings a fear to you for Jasper and his friends. I also love the simplicity of the idea of the camera that creates such interesting angst throughout the film. Of course, having such interesting characters, each with their own unique dimensions that both compliments and clashes making for great drama.
As interesting and dynamic as the characters are, and as much as the filmmaker tries to inject twists and turns throughout the film, the story suffers at times from a plodding pace and predictability. As well, and by no fault of its own but rather more with these tricky time manipulation movies is confusion that comes from when the filmmaker tries to explain the science behind the photos and how the photos can change. As long as you do not over think the ending then your enjoyment level goes up.
Overall, I would recommend catching this film if you can. It will be out in limited release this coming weekend after hitting various film festivals over the past year. The movie has the vibe of a Twilight Zone episode to it, which of course is a compliment. But like a Twilight Zone episode, the story could have been told in a slightly shorter time frame and still have the same eerie and drama filled impact.