Blu-ray Review: TIME FREAK

TIME FREAK is based on the 2011 Oscar-nominated live action short film of the same name. The movie was written and directed by Andrew Bowler and stars Asa ButterfieldSophie Turner and Skyler Gisondo.

If you could turn back time… could you win back the love of your life? That’s the problem puzzling Stillman (Asa Butterfield), a physics genius recently dumped by his stunning girlfriend Debbie (Sophie Turner). So, after creating a timeline of their romance and a machine to rewind the past, he grabs his wing man Evan (Skyler Gisondo) and sets off to right every wrong he made with Debbie. But as this insane comedy proves, there are some mistakes too perfect for science to fix.

Time Freak follows Stillman, a physics genius who falls for Debbie and when the two start dating the outcome is her breaking up with him. Stillman doesn’t handle the breakup well so he invents a time machine that allows him to go back in time to see if he can fix the mistakes he made that forced Debbie to break up with him. Hey Stillman, maybe she’s the one making the mistake!

By the way, Debbie is about as shallow and inconsiderate as they come and Stillman should’ve just bounced and moved along. Anyway, he keeps on and keeps on but the outcome is always the same so it gets to the point that Stillman is burnt out from trying and on top of that Debbie finds out what he’s been doing and just when Stillman thinks the big reveal puts the final nail in their relationship’s coffin, she shocks him when she shows him that she wants to work things out after all.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Time Freak is a romantic sci-fi comedy that was barely sci-fi and hardly funny. This is supposed to be a character driven movie but unfortunately the two main characters weren’t that interesting plus I think Sophie Turner is one of the most overrated actresses out there while Asa Butterfield doesn’t get enough good roles. The highlight of Time Freak is Skyler Gisondo who plays the stoner sidekick who’s really the only interesting part of the movie. It’s a low budget rom-com so don’t expect any kind of special effects or anything like that. The concept for the movie is intriguing and all but the execution and lack of interesting characters is what makes it a pretty forgettable snowflake date movie. Time Freak will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on January 8th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 104 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, the original short film, a making of featurette, trailer and digital copy of the movie.

  • Commentary with writer-director Andrew Bowler and producers Raymond Mansfield, Matthew Rhodes, and executive producer Gigi Causey
  • Time Freak: the original Academy Award-nominated short film (11:25)
  • “Making Time Freak” Featurette (09:05)
  • Time Freak Trailer (02:22)
  • Digital Copy
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