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5ive Days to Midnight
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This Sci-Fi Channel original mini-series has a lot going for it; Hutton, Randy Quaid both give solid performances as does Kari Matchett. The only actors truly wasted are Giancarlo Esposito and Nicole de Boer. This TV mini-series seemed to stretch things out a bit too long. It would have worked much better as a two hour or two and a half hour TV movie. Director Michael W. Watkins uses a number of annoyingly over used techinques to create additional suspense (such as slow motion and shooting scenes at a higher speed or eliminating frames to make the motion appear choppy).
A solid TV mini-series that would have worked better if it was cut down to two hours vs. nearly four, "5ive Days to Midnight" is still worthwhile. Although there were some fairly large plot holes, they weren't as noticeable until the pacing slowed down around the third hour. Worth a rental at least.
Finally, the movie's start is nothing great by itself. Anyone who likes fantasy and thrillers might have watched similar starings as in this movie. So the filmmakers added a lot of sci-fi effects, cheap but funny ones. The moved the camera in slow motion in some scenes, in others they show a lot of weird (or artistic) scenes behind the characters like mathematical symbols, nothing really creative but pretty. But as the movie continues it gets more and more interesting.....otherwise I wouldn't have stayed for 4 or 5 hours!
There are good performances from Randy Quaid, a Kari Matchett, and Gage Golightly but the story depends on us caring whether Timothy Hutton makes it past the hour appointed for his death and Hutton doesn't build any empathy for his character. Partly this is poor writing and partly it is just lack of charisma.
The series splits into days and each of the 5 is written by a different writer and it showed. This approach my help keep long running series fresh but it loses the continuity and consistency needed for a mini-series.
The story also backs off the physics at the end, making the whole thing into more of a Disney Channel cop show than a good SF story. I expected a more competent job from a director with Michael Watkins' background.
If you decide to watch this, then rent, don't buy
The story is about a Physics professor, Dr. J.T. Neurameyer (Timothy Hutton), who mysteriously finds a briefcase at his dead wife's grave with "Dr J.T. Neurameyer" on it (his little daughter also has these initials), which has appeared out of a rent in the fabric of spacetime, from the future, and contains a police file on his murder 5 days from now, by gunshot square in the head, with other cuttings of events taking place.
He sets out to investigate, try and change the course of events and rescue people from events that are slated to take place, and he succeeds after a fashion, but altering events brings with it a whole new unpredictable set of consequences, for good or bad, which no one is quite sure of. Compelling, from beginning to end. The characters surely have free will and the ability to change their destiny.
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This was a tv miniseries and it was pretty good. It held our interest throughout although I figured out the mystery of the laptop almost immediately. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Music Lover in Omaha
An eerie mega-movie slash mini-series you'll watch more than once, and will entertain for many hours. Read morePublished 9 months ago by James Carroll
For me this movie had been a long time in coming. Oh sure,I remember thoroughly enjoying it when it aired in 2004 but when I finally had the chance to get the DVD I jumped on it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Paul E. Deuel
A suspect movie, that draws you in trying to figure out what is happening next.Published 12 months ago by Flo
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