Everyone who knows me knows I’m a huge fan of time travel films. Everything from Back To The Future and Looper to Déjà vu and The Jacket. I’m not particularly bothered by paradoxes or time travel related plot holes because – let’s be honest – none of us REALLY know what time travel would be like if we ever pulled it off. As long as there’s some internal consistency within the film and the story is exciting, I’m fine suspending my disbelief. But the nerd in me loves a film that shows its work and really tries to make time travel seem realistic.
TIME PERSPECTIVES might be one of the best at figuring this out. The timeline the film develops is incredibly complex, but it’s spelled out in such a way that it’s very easy for the audience to follow. Everything is foreshadowed nicely, and everything connects back in the end in a satisfying way. I cannot imagine how difficult it would have been to put this screenplay together!
This film is about Ricky Farina (Sam Gittins), the son of a famous physicist Dr. Riccardo Farina. The two work on physics experiments in the quiet Italian countryside, until a freak occurrence leaves Ricky dealing with the consequences of decisions he hasn’t even made yet.
Sam Gittins works perfectly as our charming leading man as he tries to untangle the knots he’s inadvertently tied in the space-time continuum. The first time he goes through a truly bizarre series of events of his day, he’s completely unaware that anything is amiss. But we as the audience get a glimpse of a few of oddities that we assume will be explained later on. This is what makes the film such a fun ride. I love trying to figure out what will happen based on these small hints sprinkled throughout the first 15 minutes. It even manages to put an interesting new spin on some classic time travel tropes that I won’t spoil for you.
If you’re looking for a film about time travel that truly tries to deliver something new, TIME PERSPECTIVES will definitely surprise you. It’s obviously made with a loving eye to some of the classics of the genre, and it provides just enough new twists to keep you guessing. It spends just enough time on discussions of fate, free will, and physics to let you know that the filmmakers did their homework, but not so much that it bogs down the narrative. And I could not imagine a more beautiful setting than the expansive Italian countryside. All these things make TIME PERSPECTIVES a must-see.