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Time Trap

By Bobby LePire | November 2, 2018

The script’s biggest strength lies in its characterizations. The audience’s introduction to Furby marks the character to be obnoxious and obsessive in an unrealistic way. However, as he waits days and days for everyone else to resurface, his posturing fades away. In a video on the first day, after waiting for a few hours, Furby confesses that he doesn’t have many friends but thinks that this group really likes him. Moments like these highlight the nuance of the film’s characters and invest the viewer in their predicament.

Dennis and Foster’s direction keeps the audience enthralled. Over the walkie-talkie, the group hears a voice that claims to be Furby, but it sounds nothing like him. They keep pressing whoever is on the other side to reveal themselves, and then they stumble upon Furby’s dead body. It is an unnerving sequence in which the audience is just as stressed as the fictional characters they are watching. Once the main action kicks into gear, every scene ratchets up the ante in a believable way. When the stakes get higher, the audience feels for the characters more and more.

“…highly creative, populated with relatable characters, with a whip-smart script.”

The special effects by Jean-Baptiste Cambier and Vladimir Leschinski, along with their team, are utilized quite well throughout. The subtle effects used to speed up the cycle of the days and years are very good. An amazing slow down effect from the end of the movie is astonishing and shows that talent and innovation can overcome budgetary limitations.

The imaginative premise is brought to life by a capable cast. Andrew Wilson, brother to Luke and Owen, is fun as the professor with a secret agenda. Max Wright as Furby astounds, especially in the quiet moments when he’s not trying as hard. Playing Taylor, Reiley McClendon is excellent, commanding the screen and being easy to root for. Gifford and Draguicevich are believable as sisters, and their relationship brings a lot of tenderness to the proceedings. Jackie is stubborn, but Howey makes that an asset rather than a nuisance.

Time Trap is highly creative, populated with relatable characters, with a whip-smart script. Sadly, the very end of the movie undoes the tense atmosphere setup throughout. While it does not ruin the film, it does leave one a bit disappointed.

Time Trap (2018) Directed by Mark Dennis, Ben Foster. Written by Mark Dennis. Starring  Andrew Wilson, Cassidy Gifford, Brianne Howey, Reiley McClendon, Olivia Draguicevich, Max Wright.

7.5 Gummi Bears (out of 10)

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  1. Scott Carson says:

    I enjoyed watching Max Wright playing the character Furby in”Time Trap. His character kind of reminded me of the young kid that was in the old TV series Voyagers that aired from 1982 to 83. If they ever think of rebooting Voyagers as Max Wright would be ideal to play that kids role.

  2. Richard says:

    Habrá una 2 parte ??? Me quedé con ganas de seguir viendo

  3. Gosiek says:

    Ludziska pomóżcie chciała bym obejrzeć ten film 2 części ale nie mogę znaleźć do niego odpowiedniego linku pomożecie😀?

  4. Luke ricketts says:

    I just watch the movie on Netflix and I really enjoyed it hope there is going to be a number 2 because I want to see what happens coz they are the oldest people alive

  5. Apocalypso says:

    I’m just wondering why they didn’t use the cave to travel to a future where time travel exists, and then use said time travel to return to their original time. They had all the resources to get back, they just needed patience and planning.

  6. Shelia Harris says:

    This was a really good movie that should have been made into a series.
    Somewhat like the new Lost in space mixed
    with Continuim.
    I really enjoyed this film and wish they would continue this project.

    • Jackie scalar says:

      Does anybody else wonder y the aliens/us went in and saved the kids and hopper and his parents but didn’t pull any of the conquistadors or other fighters out?? Especially since the girl said “we’re kind of a big deal around here”. Ud think they’d have pulled out more people…imo

      • Scott Carson says:

        I believe that being in the spacesuit was one of the humans born on Mars and was use to breathing a thinner atmosphere and couldn’t breathe the heavy Earth atmosphere.

      • Stassi says:

        I think bc those ppl came there to war over the water that was “the fountain of youth.” Hopper & the kids were there for selfless purposes so they deserved to be rescued.

  7. Tia says:

    Maybe the problem with the ending is that the characters did not do anything to save themselves or resolve the story. Basically, they are rescued by aliens. This is rather unsatisfying even though it was a cool ending.

  8. Luke says:

    I really enjoyed this movie too. I reminds me of the original Jumanji and a Choose Your Own Adventure novel.

    Can someone explain to me why Furby’s voice sounds different through the walkie talkies? Was there a time shift?

  9. Liz Myers says:

    I really really hope there is a second one too! I LOVED this movie! I want to know more about after they escaped the cave!

  10. Melanie Gorniak says:

    Oh man i hope they bring out a second one. I really enjoyed this movie.

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