Director: Colin Trevorrow
Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we come back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed.
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.
What can I say? After watching years of Doctor Who, when this movie appeared I just had to watch it. And I wasn’t disappointed.
This is an odd movie, surrounding a group of journalists, in particular an intern by the name of Darius, who seek out the guy behind the classified ad listed above. It is clear early on that nobody is taking this seriously except for her. The journalist who requested this story really just wants a vacation back to the same town his parents took him as a kid, so that he can meet up with an old fling. Even the guy, when they finally track him down is off-putting, and seems weird and perhaps mentally deranged. Yet, Darius agrees to put herself out there and be his partner for his next time travel trip.
Kenneth – the man behind this ad, and claims to have time travelled ‘only once before’, is skeptical at first when Darius appears and offers to be his partner, but she plays her part well and he accepts her, after a few questions and quarries. He then begins to give her ‘lessons’ and interviews on his project, revealing very little bits of information surrounding his technology and reasons for going back in time. He is paranoid, believing people are following him (besides the journalists team). He talks as if he has a theory, that he does know about all this time travel stuff, but he is so average looking, so different that as a viewer you still think there’s something up, like he’s playing a con, or is crazy.
Even his ‘kung-fu’ is amateurish, so c’mon!
Yet, the longer Darius spends with him, the more she falls for the man and the more she learns about him. His reason for going back in time is to save the life of his girlfriend, who was killed when a drunk driver drove through her living room wall.
Things begin to take a turn when the team discovers that Kenneth’s paranoia isn’t ill-founded. Men in suits are following him – of course he had robbed a medical and scientific lab.
To make things more complicated, they discover Kenneth’s girlfriend is still alive. Believing he had lied to her, Darius returns to Kenneth’s house to confront him. Of course, he claims that is proof their mission worked, that he had indeed gone back in time and saved her life. (Again, i’ve seen enough Doctor Who to understand the logic line there, if it only makes the others more skeptical of his claims).
Then that the ‘men in black’ government agents appear around his house and the rest of the members of the team show themselves in order to warn Kenneth and Darius. Kenneth takes this the wrong way and flees to the ‘launch site’.
I’m not sure I want to reveal anything more. The ending is very special, I shed a tear and don’t want to ruin it for future viewers. Let’s just say the truth comes out.
The movie, was fantastic! Perhaps a little quirky and slow-moving, but the content and the way information unraveled throughout was well done and kept me interested. I was constantly torn between believing Kenneth and thinking him mad and the ending just cheered me up in so many ways.
If you are a fan of ‘time travel’ movies, you’ll probably really enjoy it (even though no actual time travel takes place) – not to mention the way the movie just ends – it’s both fantastic leaving it open, yet terrible as I wanted to see more.