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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Time Loop'
(Sam Gittins, Mino Sferra, Ellie Poussot, et al / DVD / NR / (2018) 2020 / Trinity Creative)

Overview: A father and son team of scientists unlock the secret of time travel while researching time movement.

During their first test they get trapped in a Time Loop, where their actions, in the past, have grave consequences, for the present and future.

DVD Verdict: Having sat down and watched this last night, sure it's not perfect, and sure there are repetitively-themed moments galore throughout (I mean, it's right there in the title, so it was to be expected!), but at its heart, 'Time Loop' is a work of low brow Sci-Fi that wouldn't have been out of place on the infamous Syfy Channel.

Then again, 'Time Loop' (aka 'Time Perspectives') doesn't feature any monsters, or treacherous situations, or stun guns, or nefarious villain's, or space ships, so maybe not!

That all said, what the film does feature, is a three person-helmed magical work of B-movie art that opens on an old Sanyo radio cassette playing an oddly whistled song, whilst we watch our lead, Ricky Farina (Sam Gittins) go over and over the math done for the creation of the "Time Machine" in front of him.

Quite how he and his father, Riccardo (played, at times, in a hurried, unintelligible rotation of Italian-to-English words by Mino Sferra), ever managed to create such an amazingly magnificent work of electronic majesty in their dirty old barn is beyond me, and as for the investment money having come from the fathers savings and a few loans, well, I don't know anyone that would be able to loan me the millions it would have cost to make this thing, let alone never want to see the fruits of said same outlay!

But here in 'Time Loop' (as with all movies of this ilk), we put aside obvious issues such as this and allow ourselves to enjoy what has been graciously filmed for our viewing attention.

With the monitor screen graphics having been told to us to have come from an old video game Ricky had been working on just prior (although they themselves are just two wave bars fluctuating all the time!), the first test fails and the two men come together to figure out why.

In truth, you can piece together exactly how this movie will play out from the off, but that doesn't spoil it in the slightest, for watching this film for what it is, 'Time Loop' is a soothing, evenly run, tight ship that never once lurches too far.

Subsequently, weird things happen to Ricky as he himself is transported back in time by just over an hour several times, creating new versions of himself each time.

We never get told what happens to these other versions of him, especially given that in this small Italian town, he himself has to work hard to avoid them, but that's seemingly a plot point for another day.

There are quite a few lingering shots in the opening third, that you expect to come back later in the film to mean something, but they just don't.

And plot points such as the Lotto, University Professor Celestine Dijoux (Ellie Poussot), his fathers out-of-nowhere fall from a cliff edge, a cute piglet, a girl in town, a stolen Vespa and a "Time Machine" that just keeps annoyingly turning itself on and off throughout the film, admittedly keep the film running nicely, but far too many of them lead nowhere throughout the 84 minutes run time.

But, chock full of beautiful, sweepingly scenic landscapes of the Cancellara and Basilicata regions of the Italian countryside used for filming 'Time Loop,' the film is multi-layered, colorful, and oh-so well acted by Gittins ('Behind the Line: Escape to Dunkirk'), that you forgive all the plot points that don't come to mean much and simply allow the film to play out. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

'Time Loop' [DVD] is out on VOD, Digital and DVD on Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 via Trinity Creative.