Monday, May 1, 2017

Time Lapse 2014

     Callie, Finn and Jasper live together in an apartment complex where Finn is the Super.  Mr. Bezzerides hasn’t paid his rent and Callie goes to check on him.  There are a lot of newspapers at his front door and his car has several tickets.  Callie has the master key and she announces she’s going into the apartment.  She finds Mr. Bezzerides dead and there is an unusual large camera in the room.  They don't know how Mr. Bezzerides died?  They learn that the camera takes a picture every evening through their front living room window.  What is unusual about this is that the picture is the living room of the next evening and not the current evening?  They begin to use the camera to win race bets until disturbing images begin to be filmed by the camera?
     The filmmakers self-financed this movie and they wrote the script to fit their limited budget.  The plot is similar to a Twilight Zone story from Season Two of 1961 with the title A Most Unusual Camera.  In this story thieves stole a camera from a curio shop and they discover it takes pictures of the future.  They used their knowledge to win money on horse racing bets.  There is another similar plot in the Bollywood Movie Aa Dekhen Zara with a disc jockey using a camera with the ability to take future pictures for personal gain.  I thought the plot was an unusual idea but I learned that this has been a repetitive theme?  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

104 min, Sci-Fi directed by Bradley King with Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary, George Finn, John Rhys-Davies, Amin Joseph, Jason Spisak, Sharon Maughan, David Figlioli, Judith Drake, Mark C. Hanson.

Note:  Imdb 6.5 out of 10, 73% critic 64% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 3.7* out of 5* with 189 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Los Angeles, California.  An unusual element of this film is that the decision was made for the camera to be a Polaroid.  But, Polaroid film is no longer available.  The Art department had to fake the pictures by shooting them in digital and color correcting in Photoshop.  They cut out the insides of old Polaroid photos they purchased on Ebay.  Then they would slide the printed digital pictures into the instant film sleeves.  There is another movie from 2001 with the same title but a different plot.

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