Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 8th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2011
Production Company: Nasty Strangers
Approximate running time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Director: Ray Karwel
Writers: Ray Karwel, C.S. Hill, Debbie Glovin
Cinematographer: John Rosenberg
Cast: Gigi Perreau, Heather Tocquigny, Braxton Davis, John T. Woods, Jonathan Kowalsky, Robert Pike, Angela Rachelle, Haile D’Alan
Time travel and operatic shootouts that are at times reminiscent of the Heroic Bloodshed that rose to prominence in Hong Kong cinema in the late 1980’s, these are the two adjectives that best describe what Time Again is all about.
At the heart of this film is a story about second chances. The plot revolves around two sisters, who both also just happen to work at the same dinner, which serves as this films main location. The other main players in this game of chance, include a crime boss and his henchmen, a hardboiled detective and a mysterious old lady, who known’s the real reason why the coins that the crime boss is looking for are so valuable.
I know what you are saying ‘low budget film that employs time travel as the main device to further the story at hand?’ How could anyone possible pull off such an ambitious mapped out narrative. And yet this film pulls it off without a hitch. In fact the plot is so meticulously laid out, that it is not hard to get caught up in the events which unfold.
From a production stand point there are a few areas in which this film does not come away smelling like roses. Most notably its opening setup that lacks the briskness that the rest of the film has and its special effects, which often draw attention to themselves.
With that being said, there is still plenty that this film does well, like the way in which the plot keeps things interesting with its clever use of misdirection to further reinforce the time travel angle of the plot. Another area in which this film excels is the enthusiastic performances from the entire cast.
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