(This review may contain spoilers).
This is a movie that seems to start off as a fairly straightforward thriller. It starts off with an idyllic scene of people on a ferry that quickly turns to horror and bloodshed when a bomb goes off.
As multi-genre movies go, this film works that angle pretty well. There’s a good amount of action in this right from the start… and the actors, in particular Denzel Washington (but all of them, really) do amazing jobs in their roles.
There are a lot of science fiction elements in this movie and I felt the theory behind those worked really well with the plot of the storyline. Even if the characters watching did seem like voyeurs, the whole concept of being able to look back in time, following the events of the past as if they’re happening in real time, was a pretty intriguing one.
There wasn’t really much delving into the motivations of the bad guy, I felt. I got to know many of the good guys through the banter they shared with each other, but the bad guy’s motivations were difficult to understand.
I did find myself smiling at some amusing moments in this film. There were other scenes that affected me on an emotional level, too, especially in regards to what happened to Larry. I found it interesting to see how everything fit together and I personally felt that the movie did a good job of keeping me guessing throughout.
I did recognise most of the actors in this movie and felt they did a really good job playing off each other. A lot of the scenes were really intense, even though there were parts that were confusing at first.
I don’t think this film could be called a thriller. It works as a good mixture of genres. So if you like science fiction thrillers… I recommend this movie as one to watch.