IMDB: [UR] This sci-fi-tinged drama follows two brothers living very separate lives – inside the same body. Content to live life in shifts with one another, their delicate balance is ruined when they become emotionally involved with the same woman.
The description above is one that actually tells the plot the way the trailer does. And while I’m all for avoiding spoilers, I don’t think I can talk about the concept of this film without at least getting this info.
Rating:  💚💚💚💚💚💚🖤🖤🖤🖤
This is a pretty good, slow sci-fi drama with some great acting. However I somewhat struggled to rate it. I flip flopped between a 6 and a 7 for various reasons. If you’re into a slower drama with some sci-fi touches similar to Black Mirror then I think you’ll like this one. And I have to give it a kudos for some unique storytelling. However, I found myself almost re-editing or re-writing it as I watched it. Perhaps that’s because I watch… well… a lot of movies. I’m no expert but I know enough about stories to get a little bored when the endings are too obvious. Overall, I enjoyed it and there was some good emotion and character portrayal.
What I Loved:
Without giving away the whole plot, there are a lot of moments depicting inner struggle. The situational set up allows for a fight within one person. We feel what Jonathan is going through in a lot of ways. There were some soft moments in the acting that sold the emotions for me. I’m glad it was a story that took time to develop as opposed to rushing and throwing a bunch of science or extreme drama in our faces. It was enjoyable to see the way the sci-fi was worked into the world to make it feel much more believable and not other-worldly or too far into “multiple personality” tropes.
What I Didn’t Love:
The story, for me, was far too predictable and I felt did a disservice to the love interest’s character. I feel like the setup was good, and it COULD have gone somewhere less predictable. Again, I found myself rewriting it or editing it in my head. It’s not that I think the ending or story is bad. It’s just – the setup feels very similar to other stories but just in a different shell. The outcomes seemed like they’re supposed to be surprising, but I found myself almost saying the character’s lines before they did near the end. That really disappointed me because I enjoyed the acting and the minimalist nature of the sets, characters, and story.
Minor annoyance: Ringing tones. This is common in so many movies, but as someone prone to tinnitus (heh, like Baby (Ansel again) in Baby Driver) it can be irritating. While it develops some atmosphere, often it’s too high pitched and ringing for my ears. There are about 3 shorter moments in this movie.
“I woke up this morning at 7:03. The time is shifting again.”
Liar Liar – A story could be more easily resolved if people told the truth.