|One bad Botox injection later...|
The premise is actually really cool. I don't really get it, but it's cool. I don't understand why anyone would agree to be murdered X years in the future, nor why they would simply go along with it when they get taken, but whatever. I can suspend my disbelief that far. But the problem with the movie is that they really don't do anything with the concept. They introduce all this stuff haphazardly at the beginning in an exposition dump, along with a bit about 2% of the world being psychic, which serves exactly one purpose in the movie. The psychic thing is not only wildly out of place in this, but they take advantage of neither the time travel aspect, nor the telekinesis aspect. It's really just a cliche thriller with vauge hints of sci-fi.
But here is the biggest strike against the movie: the antagonist is the only sympathetic character. I love sympathetic bad guys; I think most movies should try to create one. It certainly beats the typical villain who is after money or drugs or sex or evil-for-the-sake-of-being-evil. But it definitely becomes a problem when you don't want the antagonist to lose. He is painted in such a negative light in the movie, like he's this total psycho, when all I can think is that I would be doing the exact same thing. Maybe that says something bad about me, but I can't help but feel sorry for the guy.
|The face of sympathy with the bad hair to match|
Sadly, this movie's potential is evident. The scenes with Bruce Willis are moving, heartfelt, and totally human. Unfortunately his screentime is limited, and we're left with a movie that has no idea what it wants to be. It's certainly not the worst sci-fi, nor even a bad one, really, but it doesn't strike me as a movie that people should adore. Especially nerdy film buffs. Come on guys, I thought you had higher standards than that.