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Ratings: IMDB: 7.0/10 Metascore: 68% RT: 72%
Released: January 16, 2004
Runtime: 77 mins
Genres: Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Countries: USA
Director: Shane Carruth
Actors: David Sullivan Kevin Lucero Less

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Posted by CankeredBrains 6 years, 9 months ago
+7 | +9 / -2

Wow! I can't believe all the bad reviews here. This movie came highly recommended to me and I thought it was great. The time travel stuff gets a little complicated towards the end, but it's a puzzle worth solving. It's only 1 hour and 12 minutes, give it a shot!

Posted by degsfurb 2 years ago
+6 | +6 / -0

Gosh this is an extreme twilight zone ! Quite enjoyed it.

Posted by Rumandpineapple 4 years, 10 months ago
+6 | +6 / -0

Great movie! Im gonna construct a machine like that, so i can watch this movie in a loop until i unterstand every little Thing!!

Posted by joehatch213 5 years, 3 months ago ( Edited 5 years, 3 months ago )
+6 | +8 / -2

If you consider yourself a fan of true, idea-based, thinking man's Science Fiction, then there is no reason at all for you to wait any longer in watching this movie. One of the best time-travel films ever produced. One of the previous comments stated that you should 1st watch this movie, and then go read the wikipedia article on it, and then watch it again. Could not agree more. You will not fully understand what exactly happens in this film on the first go around, if somebody tells you otherwise they are a "savant" or a liar. Most time-travel movies are heavily flawed when it comes to the logical theory, timeline, paradox, and basic physcis aspects. This movie is the probably the best one I've ever seen at eliminating those flaws, and creating a complex yet just-about-perfect timeline explanation. The man who sat down and wrote this movie (also acted and directed it) deserves accolades of the highest sort. To be honest, I never thought I would see a time-travel movie plot as perfectly executed as this. Yes, the movie was low budget, but you know what, I couldn't really tell (besides the lack of shameful CGI, big name stars, petty shootouts, explosions, and car chases) because I thought the acting was MUCH better than I was expecting, and the story line was so good I barely noticed this movie cost less than a 10 year old Nissan Altima. Well, I loved this movie, and I feel stupid for not having watched it earlier. It's good to know there are still some SUPERB SciFi movies out there, and you don't even need a fraction of a fraction of a James Cameron budget to make one. 9.5/10

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Posted by dancingspider 6 years, 1 month ago
+6 | +6 / -0

HO-LEE SHIT!! this thing is nuts!, its a very impressive independent movie, so to those dissing it so easily let me see YOUR script. this whole move was practically written and produced, directed and acted by one guy! on the budget of a second hand car! Great stuff!

Posted by 8 years ago
+6 | +8 / -2

This moving is super complex. You gotta watch it at LEAST twice.

Posted by tyronspero 3 years, 4 months ago ( Edited 3 years, 3 months ago )
+4 | +4 / -0

Very good film with a very realistic feel, normally with these kinds of movies as soon as it gets technical it gets silly but this pulls it off perfectly i feel like they really made this machine. *careful not to leave an spoilers* If you have not seen this film and are not sure, honestly give it a try. Its one of those films you hear nothing about and when you watch; leaves you wondering how.

Posted by eveofthedawn 10 months ago
+3 | +4 / -1

1. Do not watch if you suffer from migraine headaches and have one looming over the horizon. 2. Men can jabber on and on and on too--it's not only a woman thing (I did not know this before) 3. The makers of the film weren't trying to entertain you as well as enlightening you...if you got it fine, you're the smart alec they were appealing to anyway..and if you are like me and didn't get it, well we are the target audience they want to stick their superior intelligence to.

Posted by gretaroxx 10 months ago
+3 | +5 / -2

It is an interesting concept but the way it was presented was so dry. There's just talking and talking and talking.

Posted by jen68g 1 year ago ( Edited 1 year ago )
+3 | +3 / -0

Brilliant! A real thinking story and one of, if not the best time travel movies around. I'll definitely watch again. It might not be action packed but once you see what's going on, (science fans) you'll be hooked.

Posted by murrlp 2 years, 5 months ago
+3 | +4 / -1

I loved this movie 10/10! holy buckets, this movie made my brain hurt. Even though I couldn't wrap my head around what was happening, I could tell that I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is one of those movies that you'll get more and more of with every viewing. Adding this movie to my recommendations list.

Posted by sakurax84 4 years, 1 month ago
+3 | +3 / -0

this is the prove that you dont need millions of dolars to make a good movie. Just some creativity and good acting

Posted by ToddEpley 5 years, 7 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

Such an amazing movie, watch it once and it will blow your mind. After the first viewing, watch it another 2,3,4,500 times and you will continue to find little things you missed or didn't understand. The best mindF*#^ of a movie ever made.

Posted by lagginswag 6 years, 1 month ago ( Edited 6 years, 1 month ago )
+3 | +4 / -1

this movie bends the idea of existence. its kind of boring at times as the layer idea gets a little cloudy. but its a truly make u think film

Posted by kingarco66 6 years, 7 months ago
+3 | +4 / -1

This film collected the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2004. It's a proper oldschool hardcore sci-fi story, high on realism, and very amusing for anyone who has ever hung out with engineers or software developers - these guys think and talk just like that! Damn funny. More than averagely heavy on the technojargon, will piss off folks who are not at least a little bit scientifically literate. But if you did physics to at least a high school level (and enjoyed it!) you will definetly love this brilliant flick. Total budget was only $7000 USD, showing folks who make multi-million dollar turkeys that there really is NO excuse for being a total douche. I say 5/5.

Posted by spiralz 9 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

Wow, a somewhat believable version of a time travel plot. It was a neat movie, but be sure to follow closely or it may end up not making much sense (if you can even follow it to begin with).

Posted by Luctian 1 year, 3 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

Uh yea, this one will make your head hurt but in a good way. Endless possibilities and the different time lines would have Albert Einstein reaching for the advil. If you like cheap thrills don't look here, but if you like movies that force you to think then give it a try. 6/10

Posted by blueskies888 1 year, 5 months ago ( Edited 1 year, 5 months ago )
+2 | +4 / -2

I really liked this movie. Unlike almost every other science fiction film I've seen, this one didn't try to dumb down the concepts, to mix them up with a bunch of pseudo-intellectual garbage, or to mix them with corny emotional nonsense. For once, the acting was believable and not melodramatic, and it didn't hurt that the guys were hot. Also, for once I feel viewers are justified in walking out of a film saying they're confused without feeling like rolling my eyes and saying 'have you somehow missed a basic science class in high school?' (This sounded more arrogant than I intended, I'm sorry; my point was that I think this one really would be confusing to anyone, because the plot is complicated. Watch it a few times over, slowly, to understand it better, or otherwise there are some excellent explanations posted online). All in all, I really wish more science fiction movies were presented like this, instead of the trite 'drama llama' idiocy that's nearly always thrown in, in I guess an attempt to attract more viewers (so much respect for this one for not going that direction, though, even if it might have meant fewer people would watch).

Posted by Saferich 1 year, 10 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

gonna have to watch again to try and understand it

Posted by QUANTUMIMORTALITY 4 years, 2 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

10/10 Watched it twice.

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