DVD REVIEW: CONTINUUM / CERT: 15 / DIRECTOR: RICHIE MEHTA / SCREENPLAY: RICHIE MEHTA / STARRING: GILLIAN ANDERSON, RUFUS SEWELL, HALEY JOEL OSMENT, VICTOR GARBER / RELEASE DATE: MARCH 16TH
Continuum, not to be confused with the Canadian TV series of the same name, takes a look at time travel in an incredibly dramatic way. If you could go back in time and rewrite history, would you?
The film takes a look at the classic story of time travel in a way that you initially wouldn't expect. The story starts with a young scientist (played by Dark City's Rufus Sewell) who mysteriously disappears on a business trip, and the resulting struggle that his wife (Gillian Anderson) and son (a surprisingly grown up Haley Joel Osment) are faced with after his sudden disappearance. But there's far more to this story than just a dark drama; whilst it may seem like a lengthy epic of the family’s struggles with the father’s disappearance over the years, there's a far more intriguing and well thought-out story underneath.
With all of its layers of human drama and character arcs, there's a real sci-fi story underneath, one that would surprisingly fit in rather well as an episode of cult TV series Fringe. Continuum is a well thought-out and certainly well researched look at time travel that will make you think twice, using a valid theory from the world of quantum mechanics to build on a gripping story of time travel. How many of us have wanted to see Everett's Many-worlds theory put into real use? The plot twist will certainly have you on the edge of the sofa waiting to see how it turns out.
Whilst time travel has for some been done to death in movies, Continuum takes a refreshingly different look at this classic sci-fi plot. The drama may be a little too heavy at times for some, but it’s all part of the build up to the unexpected twist at the end. It certainly makes for compelling viewing, with a stunning soundtrack that brings out the tension in the film even more, in part thanks to the great direction and writing of Richie Mehta.
More of a drama interwoven with science fiction, this is as much a story retracing the father's steps as it is of the struggle to bring the time travel theory to life. With as many twists and turns towards the end as the character stories that build up along the way, it's certainly not light-hearted viewing but is a compelling story that's worth watching.
Previously released as I’ll Follow You Down in the U.S, Continuum is certainly a much more fitting title for this dramatic story of science fiction. Whilst it may have been filmed on a tight budget, the compelling acting and science behind the story bring it together perfectly. You'll certainly be glad that you gave it a try.
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