- RELEASE DATE: Now Available on DVD (Click Here to Purchase a Copy)
- WRITTEN BY: Michael Kopelow, Walter Moise, George Moïse
- DIRECTED BY: George Moïse
- STARRING: Bruno Amato, Cleo Antonelli, Brad Bishop
–Reviewed by Shane Migliavacca
Time travel films are a real pickle to pull off well; you have to set your premise up solid enough so your audience can follow and not pick apart the implausibility or inaccuracies of it all. Does COUNTER CLOCKWISE pull it off? Let’s time jump and find out.
Ethan, a budding Brian Posehn clone and scientist, is trying to prefect his very own teleporter. His test run with a one eyed dog doesn’t go so well (the pooch doesn’t melt or explode as one might think given the circumstances), as the dog was sent slightly into the future. So instead of a teleport device, Ethan has created a time machine. Because “science”, he decides to test it on himself, with wacky results! Of course being a genius he fails to run this by his wife or his coworker on the project. So, Ethan finds he’s jumped six months ahead in time where the lab is shut down, he can’t find his wife, and the cops are looking for him. So, what the hell went wrong?
The trouble with this film is there’s a lot of cool little tricks and nice shots but I never felt invested. We meet Ethan (but only barely as his back story and character are bare bones), his coworker, and Ethan’s wife and then, “BAM”, we’re right into the time jump and things going off the rails…which when introduced so fast makes everything not very interesting. It’s like the old slasher movie thing, the “Oh shit there’s a killer!” moment the final girl has. If you spring that too soon then 90% of your film is just the final girl running around. Unless your film has a lot of other stuff going for it, the shit gets stale. I’m not saying I needed every detail of Ethan’s life, but maybe if we’d spent a little more time getting to know him and the other players in the story, and less of him getting chased, it might have made things more easy to get invested in.
On the plus side, you get a a bunch of extras here including: a thirty minute long “making of” featurette, deleted scenes (with commentary), and three separate commentary tracks.
COUNTER CLOCKWISE is billed as a sci-fi comedy, though it never came across as one. There are some really cool shots, the action is staged nicely, the story has potential, and the actors all do a good job (especially Michael Kopelow as Ethan), but all in all, the film just feels like they wanted to get to the time travel and said “fuck it” to everything else. In the end, it’s a fun film for a weekend afternoon, but it won’t become your go to favorite time travel flick I’d wager.