Movie Review: 2:22
Updated: May 27, 2019
‘A man's life is derailed when an ominous pattern of events repeats itself in exactly the same manner every day, ending at precisely 2:22 p.m. ‘
IMDb rating 5.7/10 Rotten Tomatoes 13%
Happened to be running through recent releases and noticed this particular film and the description just intrigued me a little bit to give it a quick view. The names of the cast didn't ring a bell which as of late seems to be right up my alley.
Without too many spoilers the movie deals with Dylan an air traffic controller at JFK who has a knack for seeing patterns but has noticed weird patterns recently which causes him to almost kill 900 people at work. While suspended he meets Sarah in a star crossed soulmate type scenario. Things take off and the recurring events continue and Dylan starts to obsess and pushes her back into the arms of her ex when Dylan finally realizes the reason for the Groundhog Day-esque repetition of the events and finally realizes the meaning of 2:22.
First thing I noticed right off the bat I did happen to notice that I recognized the actor who played Dylan. To quote myself ‘Is that Chad Bana? Holy shit! It is Chad Bana!’ Now for those that didn’t listen to the Droids Canada Game of Thrones podcast Chad Bana was the nickname given to Dario because he looked like Eric Bana’s suave brother Chad. And then of course a lot of the opening scenes appeared to be some rough green screens and it almost set a bad taste in my mouth to start but it either one cleared up and I didn't noticed or they didn't use it anymore. Maybe they reshot some of the opening scenes and they didn't have a choice but thankfully I didn't notice anything further.
Bad CGI in the beginning aside I didn’t actually mind to the movie too much at all. I’ve seen my share of star-crossed lover or destined soulmate type movies. This threw a couple of wrenches into the mix and made it a little different. It wasn’t the typical cookie cutter drama at all which is probably what kept me watching it. Now it wasn’t exactly a complete shocker to the ending of the film almost as if something was lost between the screenplay and the final form. Something was missing to give it that little extra something.
I love watching movies and finding little continuity flaws and little goofs in the filming. I always scratch my head and think ‘Did that just happen?’ rewind a bit and replay it and usually an right about the inconsistency. A couple of scenes when Chad Bana is running he’s being chased by cops one he runs into Grand Central and then it takes another 3-4 minutes for the cops to arrive. Another he jumps through a window into Grand Central but a moment later he’s still running outside. Just a couple of funny little slip ups by the production crew.
Now it isn't exactly the most original idea for a film and it does wrap itself up well. Just not a suspenseful ending to the film it's expected towards the end so it could have been written a little better to take out the expected ending and come to the conclusion in a different way.
Overall, it was decent enough would I purchase the film? Not likely. Would I give it another watch at some point? Quite possibly if I were in the mood for that odder style drama/suspense film I could see myself giving it another view or two over the years. Give it a shot it is a little different if you are in the mood for something different. Don't expect a blockbuster and you will be fine from start to the end.
3 Beards out of 5