Needle in a Timestack (2021)

“What if you go back and change your past but you end up with no future?” – Zoe Mikkelsen

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – In the not too distant future where time travel is possible, but for a very high fee, a man believes that his wife’s ex-husband is trying to change the past so that they will never meet.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about going in besides that the fact that it has a time travel component in the story.

My good friend Bubbawheat from Flights, Tights and Movienights brought it to my attention and being a fan of time travel concepts, I jumped on it immediately.

Tnx Bubbawheat!

The premise is actually an amazing one and gives the viewer so much to ponder about life, the past, and obviously how time travel could affect it.

The problem here is that things are presented in a very simplistic manner and despite the great concept, none of the characters feel as if they are invested enough in the story itself.

The cast is quite good, but the choppiness of the way that things move along is far too distracting along the way and the lack of development of the various characters in a deeper way hurts things a bit too much that even the likes of Leslie Odom Jr, Orlando Bloom, Frieda Pinto and Cynthia Erivo can’t change that.

This is all quite unfortunate because as stated earlier, the idea is amazing and if they would have found a way to make the story more involved and more impactful, it could have been so much more interesting and engaging to watch.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The short story by Robert Silverberg that this movie is based on was first published in the June 1983 issue of Playboy. Silverberg had previously published a collection of ten short stories under the same title in 1966, and decided to reuse the title for this story. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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