7 February 2015 | A_Different_Drummer
Whats the first rule of Fight Club?
C'mon, you know this one.
The first rule of fight club is Never Talk About Fight Club.
Whats the first rule of Indie films? OK, times up.
The first rule of Indie films is ... Indies don't HAVE to be bad, people JUST MAKE THEM THAT WAY.
This indie opus seems to be the brainchild of Bradley King, who wrote and directed. His IMDb resume suggests mainly short subjects and TIME LAPSE looks like the attempt to break to the next level.
Let's start with the premise, the logline.
The other reviewers have already covered it.
Really clever. Way above average. While the "future cam" thing has been done before -- I remember this from a comic book in the 60s, actually -- the whole story is well thought out.
And the intro in particular, the setup, is very well done.
But ... the real issue ... is this a feature? Is this a full-length feature with ebbs and flows, ups and downs, that a viewer can connect with? Remember that for the producer/director/writer (on the other side of the camera from the viewer) the ultimate goal of an indie is produce a film at the lowest possible expense. Which means minimal actors, usually young or unknown, minimal sets, minimal special effects, and pretty much minimal everything.
And that is the issue here. This is a full length film, yes, but it hooked me, the viewer, for only about 15 minutes before I realized that the core premise was going to be stretched, and stretched, and stretched, with the same cast and same sets, and same "what if" circular dialog, until something broke.
In this case it was me.