15 Till Midnight (2010)
Summary: Lukas Reyes is trapped in a seemingly endless loop between parallel existences, one being occupied by his spouse, Sera, and another being occupied by a relation from another life, Nara. As worlds seem to begin colliding and further bleeding into one another, he finds himself being pursued by a group of shadow men known as “The Knowers.” The common thread between everything being a significance with the time 11:45 – fifteen minutes until midnight.
The concept of this movie sounded awesome. Unfortunately, the delivery wasn't there. Majority of the movie is very confusing and I honestly spent a good deal of it having no clue what was going on. If I hadn't read the summary on the back of the DVD case, I would have spent the whole movie thinking everything was happening in this guy's head. They really didn't do much to show the whole “alternate universe” theory. Starting from the very beginning where Lukas is celebrating his anniversary with his wife Sera. He wakes up the morning and Sera is gone, along with all of her belongings. It's like she never existed. But when he talks to a coworker about it, the coworker knows Sera and can't believe she left him.
They go out to a bar that night where Lukas meets Nara and the night ends with her back at his place. When he wakes up the following morning, all of Nara's belongings are in his house and he finds out they have been married for 2 years. When he goes to work this time, his coworker has no idea who Sera is and confirms that Nara is his wife. That is legitimately it for the story building. From there, the movie basically consists of Lukas wandering around trying to figure out what is going on with his life. He does come across Sera and after talking with her, she said the same thing happened to her. After their night together, she woke up in the morning and he was gone. Lukas does eventually get caught by The Knowers which ended up being a saving grace for the movie. Not that it made it any more entertaining, but atleast their leader explained what was going on.
If it wasn't for that scene, I would have spent an hour and 37 minutes and still had no clue what I had watched. Unfortunately, even that scene doesn't make the movie much better because it goes right back into being completely confusing as it works it's way to the finish. I am a fan of movies that get me thinking; namely ones where I have to think to figure out what's going on. But I would prefer there to be some clues to help me out along the way. Shooting something way off the wall with no real explanation and relying on everything to be told to the viewer at the end, not as entertaining.
The whole presentation of the movie was equally a let down. That could be part of the reason that the movie was so confusing. The poor acting and even worse dialogue didn't bring any passion or believability to the movie. Who knows if that would have made the story a little more clearly and easier to watch, but it couldn't have hurt.
reviewed by Bobby