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Time Trap - Movie Review

Time travel.  It is a tricky subject in film, offering ANY and EVERY chance for continuity errors in logic and in the script.  Usually, we give its treatment, warts and all, a pass when it comes bouncing down the halls of science fiction from time to time.  USUALLY.  Only when the material is so flagrantly wrong do the nerds (myself included) come out in full force to ATTACK.  Which is why, when I first heard of Time Trap, my instinct was to quote Admiral Ackbar and flee.

"Buckle up, boys and girls.  Time Trap aims for the stars and absolutely DELIVERS upon the unexpected."

I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Time Trap, written by Mark Dennis and co-directed by Dennis and Ben Foster, crushed my low expectations and elevated my spirit with its adventure.  This low budget science fiction journey, involving the discovery of a cave in a remote part of Texas in which time itself is slowed to a crawl, surpasses so many special effects-laden feature films on almost every level that it emerges as the BIG WINNER.

Starring Andrew Wilson, Cassidy Gifford, Reiley McClendon, Brianne Howey, Max Wright, and Olivia DraguicevichTime Trap begins with sudden disappearance of an archeological professor.  His quest?  The Fountain of Youth or at least something like it.  What he has stumbled upon, once he enters the cave, is a ripple in the time continuum and discovers that, upon going further into the cave, that everything here moves slower; down here there are space men and cave men and cowboys . . .

. . . but when the rescue mission to get him, conducted by a group of his favorite students, involves rappelling down into the depths of what he is experiencing, we have an interesting series of discoveries that take EVERYONE straight into the unknown. . . even the audience.

Buckle up, boys and girls.  Time Trap aims for the stars and absolutely DELIVERS upon the unexpected. 

Weighing matters of life and death (even among kids), Time Trap is a risky adventure as the space time continuum itself is laid bare and, astoundingly, the whole thing works to offer a complete experience of science fiction beginnings and endings.  Whatever reservations you might have, this B-movie is a true Amblin-spirited banger.  Seriously.

From the original set-up to the solid acting, Time Trap simply nails all “the feels” one used to expect from cinematic adventures like this one.  The students who go after Hopper aren’t annoying; the kids they bring with them (siblings) aren’t either.  The underground situation, especially when we get to see what is happening up top in a seriously heartbreaking sequene of unfortunate events, is impressive and ORIGINAL. Time Trap - Movie Review

ALL of the characters are likeable and treated with respect by the script and, as a result, the bulk of Time Trap comes across as a cousin to the fun spirit of the first season of Stranger Things

The turns the film takes – especially when the cave men are introduced – are head-spinning and unexpected.  Yet it all works.  Time itself gets twisted into a knot where the past, the present, and the future collide and must be sorted out in order for this group to make it out of the cave ALIVE.

Time Trap, after winning several awards at Film Festivals throughout the country, will be in select theaters on November 2.  It will be available on all digital platforms on November 13.

Watch Time crawl.

5 beers

Time Trap - Movie Review

MPAA Rating: 
87 mins
: Mark Dennis, Ben Foster
Mark Dennis
Andrew Wilson, Cassidy Gifford, Brianne Howey
: Science Fiction
Escape to the future.
Theatrical Distributor: Giant Interactive
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Release Date:
November 2, 2018; DIGITAL & ON-DEMAND  NOVEMBER 13TH
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Synopsis: While searching for their missing professor, a group of students become trapped inside a mysterious cave where they soon find themselves in the crossfire of control for one of the greatest legends in history.  

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