I’ve always been a sucker for time travel stories. I get swept up in the romance, history, fantasy and drama that accompanies all great time jumping narratives. The protagonists’ quests are always high stakes as danger looms and adventure abounds. Usually, they are driven by love or the need to save history. Although I am curious about the method of time travel used in each tale, I never really want to be bogged down by the elaborate scientific explanations of it all. Surprisingly, Another Time departs from your typical rom-com and delves into working theories of how time travel is realistically possible.
Justin Hartley (This Is Us, Smallville) stars as Eric, an intelligent underachiever who has prioritized making money over having a fulfilling life. He has a seemingly perfect life, which is something his wisecracking and loyal buddy Kal (James Kyson) constantly reminds him of. Everything suddenly changes when he is paired with Julia (Chrishell Hartley) for a work project. As they spend a week working together, she calls him out on all the posturing. Why is he selling himself short when he is clearly capable of doing so much more with his life?
“…Eric decides to travel back in time and meet Julia before she has the chance to fall in love with Adam.”
After a few heart-to-heart chats over work dinners, Eric has fallen in love with Julia. He finally makes his move and learns she’s already engaged to Adam (Jake McLaughlin), who turns out to be a really wonderful guy. You can’t hate on the competition, but you can still find a way to get the girl.
That’s right, Eric decides to travel back in time and meet Julia before she has the chance to fall in love with Adam. This is where time travel stories usually get more exciting. Finding a way to go back into the past should be an adventure in and of itself. In this case, it is a snoozefest.
Eric tracks down a disgraced scientist, Dr. Joseph Goyer (Alan Pietruszewski), whose attempts to prove his time travel theory literally blew up in his face. Together, they can finish what he started years ago and find a way to make his time travel theory work. Even if I could understand all of the mumbo-jumbo discussed during their elaborate brainstorming sessions, I would still have been bored. Dr. Goyer offers some important life lessons in between all the theorem scribbling, but it still isn’t exciting enough to balance things out.
“…their soul-searching conversations reveal the true meaning behind Eric’s journey.”
Unfortunately, Another Time spends a chunk of the film giving viewers an unnecessary, unwanted and mind-numbing quantum physics lesson, which spoils all the romance and fun. Thankfully, Eric’s encounter with Ally (Arielle Kebbel), a local bartender who dreamed of adventure and now finds herself stuck in a hopeless rut, offers a refreshing break from the monotonous physics babble. In fact, their soul-searching conversations reveal the true meaning behind Eric’s journey.
Ultimately, this is a film about taking risks, being honest with yourself and seizing second chances.
Another Time (2018) Directed by Thomas Hennessy. Written by Thomas Hennessy and Scott Kennard. Starring Justin Hartley, Arielle Kebbel, James Kyson, Chrishell Hartley, Alan Pietruszewski, Mark Valley, and Jake McLaughlin.
6.5 out of 10 stars