BRIEF SYNOPSIS: 30 years after his fathers death, a man discovers his fathers old HAM radio is allowing him to talk to his father in the past. When he warns his farther to avoid death it doesn’t go exactly as they had hoped.
PROS: Overall well executed time travel story, great twists and turns
CONS: Ending wasn’t totally satisfying
BOTTOM LINE: Worth spending a couple of hours with. Fans of time travel as a plot device should see it.
I stumbled on this movie somewhat by accident while looking through movies available on demand through Netflix. It was recommended to me by the software and so I gave it a try while sitting home ill.
October 1969: a rare solar flare creates a spectacular aurora over Quincy, NY where Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid) and his family lives. Frank is a firefighter who is willing to take big risks to save the lives of others. But Frank’s risk-taking catches up with him and he’s killed trying to rescue a homeless woman from a burning warehouse leaving behind his wife and 6-year old son, John.
October 1999: another solar flare is once again lighting up the night skies of New York. John Sullivan (Jim Caviezel) is a police detective investigating a 30-year old murder. After a neighbor kid finds it in the closet, he gets out his dad’s old HAM radio and finds himself talking to a man in his home town. After a little discussion, it turns out he’s talking to his father in the past! At first neither believe it, but eventually they come to realize it is true. John can’t help but tell his father about his death and as you might expect, Frank manages to avoid it. But that sets of a series of chain reactions, further cross-time warnings, and further complications – including a thriller-like element that involves that old murder case.
The acting in the film is solid with Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel doing a fine job, especially in the split-camera scenes speaking between the time barrier. The special effects are reasonable with changes in space-time being visibly represented in a reasonable way. There are some plot holes and the movie was a little sappy in places, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying it. Instead, I really enjoyed the movies exploration of the consequences of meddling with the past. It felt like a good short story in that way. I can honestly recommend it to sci-fi fans – I think you’ll find it worth watching.