New To Blu: 2:22 (2017) Reviewed

When an air traffic controller's life intersects with a beautiful and cultured woman, the stars align for a genre flick that can't stick the landing. Released to streaming services earlier this year, it comes home to blu-ray tomorrow. 

As fans of science fiction, we're always looking for new and relevant movies that push the genre envelope in fresh directions. The release of 2:22 does a little bit of that and mixes in some great romance while doing so. Using the DNA of 12 Monkeys, Edge of Tomorrow and Groundhog Day in a surreal mystery about love that transcends time, it's a slick little feature that's mostly held back by some poor dialogue and lead actors that fail to truly convince their audience. When coincidental patterns ignite one man's obsession, a thriller is unraveled that's both derivative and still often times captivating. Somewhere along the way, 2:22 lost its way. 

Starring Teresa Palmer and Michiel Huisman, 2:22 has the talent to carry the heavy sci fi subject matter. However, much of the concept is weighted by confused elements and a lack of a director that can nail tone and dynamic. Paul Currie's second full length feature is a massive undertaking that requires precision to fill in all the little details and story elements. While the film itself isn't horrendous, it feels like there are parts missing. His characters lack a certain depth that would make audiences connect with them better. Palmer is typically great but with 2:22 she's not given much to work with. Huisman is convincing enough but his character's flaws are never too apparent. His Dylan should have been backed by more character arc. 

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2:22 has some strong visual elements that are highlighted by many typical tropes. It's like a SyFy movie of the week that got a bonus check to spend on better CGI. Some might totally dismiss this movie as a low budget pass. However, there are many good things to look at here too. In an age where many films depend heavily on effects work, 2:22 is at bare minimum a return to a film that has more story than FX shots. Currie definitely has a lot to learn as he moves into more directorial territory and away from being a producer. His work here should have been reigned in by the people around him. If you're looking for something to pass the time and enjoy science fiction, there's something here for you. Just tame your expectations a bit!