2:22 (2017) Review 

4/5* Shivs Show | Siobhan Divers

Dir: Paul Currie 

98 mins

Starring: Michiel Huisman, Teresa Palmer, Sam Reid

A smart, well-made and well-structured sci-fi thriller, 2:22 is a mysterious one that gets you thinking!

Following the life of Air Traffic Controller, Dylan (Michiel Huisman), 2:22 is a story about fate and the crossing of paths.

Dylan sees patterns in his everyday life but these patterns become more prominent after a close call when his world appears to stop for a few moments, almost causing the collision of two planes and the deaths of around 900 people.

He’s then given tickets to a ballet performance by a friend as a kind of birthday dare which is where he meets Sarah (Teresa Palmer) – a passenger one one of the flights involved in the near collision.

They soon become close and realise something has brought them together. This is heightened by the patterns which Dylan sees – he hears and sees the same things at the same times each day with the sequence ending at 2:22pm with at bang.

Taking ideas from other movies including The Truman Show (the same things happen at the same time each day) and Groundhog Day (he seems to be in a timeloop), it’s deep and slightly confusing at points but it’s also intriguing and extremely clever.

It’s the kind of film that requires a second viewing unless you’re really observant as it is pretty easy to miss things – although Dylan’s days are pretty similar in the beginning, the pace picks up in the middle and the storyline becomes quite complicated around the third act.

As (probably) the only person in the UK who doesn’t watch Game of Thrones, I didn’t know any of the actors or actresses going into the film but this isn’t a problem (in case like me, you don’t watch GoT – the cast do a great job carrying the story, despite the fact they are less than well-known.)

Incorporating elements of mystery, romance, thriller and sci-fi, 2:22 is engrossing and original.

Perhaps the most interesting part is that the answer to the mystery isn’t entirely clear until the second half of the film so it keeps viewers guessing and thinking about what could possibly be going on until the end.

And even then, there’s some twists and turns towards the end which throws a spanner in the works.

An impressive and unique sci-fi mystery, 2:22 is one to watch (and rewatch) – although it can be confusing and it’s a little slow to start, once you realise that every little thing is connected, you appreciate the true genius of the film!

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