from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
It sure didn't take long for the first
Memento clones to appear in the grade-b world. Of course,
forgetfulness is a literary device that goes all the way back to
Homer's Odyssey, and the device in Time Lapse wasn't too much
different from eating of the lotus. William McNamara, fast becoming
the Michael Pare of the new millennium, plays a government agent who
is tricked into drinking "oblivion", a drug that gradually
causes a complete inability of the conscious mind to access memories.
And it comes in a convenient tasty licorice-flavored alcoholic
beverage. Just think of it as the Zambuca of Eternal Forgetfulness.
|As soon as he drinks it,
he walks out of the office and fails to recognize his own car. He then
drives home to his wife and greets her with a resonant "Lucy, I'm
home". That kinda catches her off guard, since they've been
divorced for three years and she hasn't even heard from him.
the DVD box says "brief nudity"
| So he then has to
work his way through some confusing plot twists before his memory is
gone altogether. I better never drink that drug, because even sober I
couldn't figure out what was going on in this plot. Some
double-crosses, internal corruption, government officials selling out
to terrorists, and some guys who weren't really dead, and some other
guys who also drank the Zambuca of Eternal Forgetfulness, and some
other guys who maybe were just pretending that they drank the Zambuca,
and some other guys who couldn't remember whether they drank it or
||Needless to say, since this film isn't
a great treasure like Memento, there is a magical bright blue antidote
to the Zambuca of Eternal Forgetfulness, namely the Curacao of
Remembering Anew, which cures instantly, and our hero and his wife
(who was also administered the forgetfulness drug by Evil Roy
Scheider), strive to get into the 1-step program while they blow up
stuff real good.
The entire plot centers around a
"nuclear suitcase". As Will Smith said in Independence Day,
I gotta get me one of those.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: not enough IMDb voters for a
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C-. Confusing, barely watchable,
straight-to-vid international espionage thriller.
the Movie House home page