Directed by: George Moïse
Cast: Bruno Amato, Cleo Antonelli, Brad Bishop
Far more in line with black humored science fiction than horror, Counter Clockwise is still the kind of film that, to some degree transcends sci-fi. It bleeds, ever so slowly over into our genre, if that makes any sense. Maybe it doesn’t matter if it makes sense, maybe the only thing that does matter is the fact that you should be looking into this film.
The story follows a scientist who just so happens to accidentally create time travel. Yeah, scientist’s dream right there. But, he makes it happen, and his curiosity of course leads to him doing a little firsthand experimentation. But the time and place that he soon finds himself trapped in isn’t quite the ideal life he’d hoped for.
Although production values look a little slim, there’s a lot of energy and dedication invested, and that comes through quite clearly. There’s a major nod to Cronenberg’s genius remake, The Fly, but it’s respectful and should put a grin on your face.
The chemistry between the picture’s focal figures is great. Not every line to be uttered feels natural, but for the most part there’s definitely an organic element about the characters. That’s a fine thing to see in a low budget affair.
The twists and turns of the story are compelling, and some of the decisions made by certain characters are also rather interesting. The pacing begins just a tad on the slow side, but things are off and running before you’ll have the chance to piss and moan about it.
Counter Clockwise may have missed many marquee award festivities, but it’s a treat all the same, and whether you prefer thriller over horror, or science fiction over both, there are a lot of things here to enjoy. If you spot it, give it a shot!