This intriguing little film has a premise right out of “the Twilight Zone”, that different parts of your time stream might coexist at the same moment. It s a sci fi cliché that has been done to death by the big films and especially TV series but it’s rarely been tried as a sustained piece of Sci Fi drama and the brothers Todd and Tim Wynn (one of which plays the main protagonist, though both are credited so it’s difficult to work out which!) are to be applauded for at least giving it a try.
Ryan is a man who works from home as a product tester, being sent lots of consumer items which he then keeps and writes a review of. Nice work if you can get it, I wonder what his eBay shop looks like? Then one day he starts receiving mysterious email from someone calling themselves VERY LITTLE TIME all of which tell Ryan not to open an old toolbox that he has found buried in his yard. Of course all that such a warning is going to provoke is a deep desire to know what is inside the box so Ryan just has to open it doesn’t he.
And that’s where his troubles really begin as upon opening the box he is flung seven hours back in time and suddenly finds that he is confronted by future and pest versions of himself as the timelines of his life begin to collide and intermingle. Ryan realises that he is trapped in a time loop and that somehow he hast to stop himself from opening the toolbox. You can guess some of what happens but not everything.
It’s an inventive script which isn’t at all badly made considering it seems to have cost practically nothing, having only the one protagonist, though admittedly fractures in time. The brothers appear to have taken on most of the shooting and editing duties themselves which leads to some claustrophobic framing here and there none of which detracts form the overall effectiveness of the piece. And it is surprisingly effective, verging on being genuinely clever at times. There’s not much of a mystery to solve but the storyline unfolds pleasantly, if a little slowly occasionally.
Perhaps the worst single aspect of the movie is the performance of Ryan who delivers his lines alarmingly flatly but even that doesn’t stop this from being a very entertaining and surprising film.
Director: Tim Wynn, Todd Wynn
Cast: Tim Wynn, Todd Wynn