Number of Times Seen – Twice (7 May 2005 and 19 Apr 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A widowed physics Professor receives a briefcase with information about his impending murder which he must try and prevent.
My Take on it – Great premise that works quite well.
Really like the way they structure things so that each episodes covers one of the 5 days until his death.
Timothy Hutton is great as the lead and is able to make us really care about his character.
The story deals with some really fascinating themes that resonate so well throughout. The story has some clever twists and turns that add to the story because it helps make things even more intriguing to watch unfold.
The supporting cast is also great with Randy Quaid, Giancarlo Espisito, Kari Matchett, Angus MacFayden and Hamish Linklater all adding things to the way this story progresses.
The special effects are pretty weak and I would have expected a film like this to give us something more realistic from that standpoint.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The events in the mini-series take place Monday, 7 June 2004 through Friday, 11 June 2004. The show premiered on the SciFi Channel (USA) on Monday, 7 June 2004 and consecutive episodes were shown each night through Friday, 11 June 2004 roughly following a real-time schedule. The fourth episode (with events ending at or slightly past 3.55am according to the script) was actually first shown at 9.00pm on Thursday, 10 June 2004, so the series did get ahead a bit. Additional date-specific product placements (for instance, a poster for The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), playing in theaters at the time, as seen on a slow pan at the university outside Neumeyer’s office) and current popular culture references (for example, a reference to the popular show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), airing at the time on network TV) in conversation help reinforce this setup. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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