Time Lapse Movie Review
Written by Steven Wood
Released by XLrator Media
Directed by Bradley D. King
Written by Bradley D. King and BP Cooper
2014, 104 minutes, Not Rated
Released on VOD on May 15th, 2015 | Released on Blu-ray/DVD on June 15th, 2015
Danielle Panabaker as Callie
Matt O'Leary as Finn
George Finn as Jasper
After three roommates discover a mysterious camera that can take pictures 24 hours into the future, things quickly begin to fall apart as they are not prepared to live with their inevitable fates.
Time Lapse has a simple story; Finn and Callie are in a relationship while Jasper is living with them. One day, after noticing the neighbor hasn’t checked his mail or collected his paper for some time, Callie decides to investigate. A huge, floor mounted camera is pointing directly at their front window (that they never cover with a curtain for some reason). Each day at 8am and 8pm, a picture is taken which shows the group in their living room, but the events in said picture have not yet taken place.
Why is the camera here? Were these three people chosen by the builder or is it just happenstance? Both of these questions are never answered since the builder is dead in his storage room located on the property. That’s pretty convenient to kill off literally the ONLY person who knows what the hell is going on. But even with the lack of answers and motives, I still had a decent time watching this.
As for the characters themselves, the acting is fine, but Finn’s (Matt O’Leary) personality really bothered me, as he is completely self-involved and only cares about his paintings. See, in the pictures taken each day, Finn’s easel is in the frame along with a completed painting, thus giving him a form of inspiration each day. The question is, though, would he have painted this without seeing the picture? We don’t ever really know the answer to that, so chalk it up as another unanswered question.
So, what’s being captured in the photos? Not really a whole lot, there is a bit of infidelity going on between Callie and Jasper, and some mysterious blood splatter, but mostly just the group sitting on the couch, waiting to be photographed because for some strange reason they’ve decided that they HAVE to match the photo taken the day before. So the real question is whether or not the camera is predicting their fate or just pointing them in the general direction. They could have easily said screw this, we’re leaving. But no, they continue to look at each photo and regardless of its content, match that exact frame come 8pm.
What would a time travel related movie do without a twist ending?! Sadly for us, the ending of Time Lapse is one of the more confusing ones I’ve seen in some time. Not because of some other character coming into play, or some strange happening, but a theory and plan laid out by one of the roommates. An idea comes into their head and the action taken to accomplish said idea is downright moronic and laughable.
Movies dealing with any aspect of time travel can be hard to nail down, as there is no basis in reality in which to compare. While Time Lapse deals more in determining the fate of the characters, time is still in fact important here. I just wonder how much “time” was taken into consideration when writing this movie, as there are some things which I can’t explain.