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Time Lapse Warns Us to Never Toy With Time at Fantasia Fest

Time Lapse Warns Us to Never Toy With Time at Fantasia Fest

What would you do if a photograph could predict your future?

What if a simple photograph could show you the future? Would you refuse to believe it? Or would you ignore it and carry on with your lives, never caring whether or not you've reached the point you've already witnessed? When three good friends discover a machine that does just that--one that takes a photograph of moments in the future--plans to use the contraption to their own benefit arises. Of course, anything involving money and greed usually go terribly wrong, as it is in this case. The photographs soon begin to display a future they would rather never see, panic unfolds, relationships deteriorate, and a lot is lost in the process. If anything, we've already been warned, by the man who toyed most with this complex device. As Jasper, played by George Finn, said: "Don't fuck with time."

A machine that takes photographs in the future

But what exactly does that mean? The deeper we dive into this film, an outstanding 104-minute debut for Bradley King, the more we question the simple notion of time itself, its rules, its causes and effects. We are constantly kept on the edge of our seats, hearts racing throughout, always eager to find out what the next photograph will represent. We already called it--Jasper was insane from the beginning, Finn (Matt O'Leary) was too blinded by his desire to produce new art to realize what was unfolding before it was too late. And Callie...Poor Callie. What were you thinking? With such a remarkable performance put on by Danielle Panabaker (ArrowFriday the 13th), it is no wonder many begin to doubt towards the end of the film who they can actually trust. When you know your future is at stake, how far would you go to fix it?

Jasper, Callie and Finn

If there's any sci-fi/thriller worth seeing this year, Time Lapse makes the cut. Having received 3 awards and 1 nomination since its initial release in May 2014, it is understandable how they managed to sell out both screenings at the Fantasia International Film Festival in so little time. Bradley King and BP Cooper have put together an impeccable story, the former perfectly transmitting it to screen--no awkward moments, excellent framing and pacing, and a surprise at the end that could not have been predicted. We are definitely eager for what else this team has in store.

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