- Joe 2018
Dan Sheldon, Michael King, Timothy Q. Sheldon II (executive), Keith Nance (executive) for Something Like Sleep Entertainment
directed by Dan Sheldon
starring Daniel Bonjour, Anne Clare Lush, Marshal Hilton, Jerry Hoffman, Laura Shields, Leann Slaby, K.C. Morgan, William Caldwell, Ray Stoney, Ian Jerrell, Adrian Jules, Joanna Bartling, James Adams, Dan Sheldon, Chris Cordola, Paul Heikens, Jonathon Lafon
story by Michael King, screenplay by Dan Sheldon, music by Colin Cameron
Connor (Daniel Bonjour) is an amazingly talented scientist, who
together with his fatherly partner Jonas (Jerry Hoffman) develops a time
machine. But that leads him to neglect his fiancée April (Anne Clare
Lush). And when she catches him kissing his lab assistant Julia (Laura
Shields) and doesn't know the full story - that she has forced herself
onto him and he was just paralyzed for a few moments before pushing her
away -, she's (understandably) mad ... so mad that she walks onto the
street without looking and is run over by a car. This leaves Connor
shattered, especially since it's on the same day that gouvernment agent
Spencer (Marshal Hilton) shuts his lab down, deeming time travel too
dangerous (with some justification even).
One year later, Connor and
Jonas meet again to pick up work on their time machine in secret again -
with the special purpose that Connor can travel back in time to save
April. Thing is, the time machine can only keep Connor in the past for 60
minutes, so that's all the time he has to save her ... and whatever he
does, he seems to fail, it seems April is doomed to die no matter what.
But Connor isn't out of ideas yet of how to twist fate ...
the premise of Groundhog Day - without the humour - into a sci-fi
plot, Fate isn't without its flaws, its concept of time travel and
the repercussions that come with it doesn't hold up to closer inspection,
its build-up takes a little too long, some of the characters are little
more than caricatures and some situations are overly clichéed ... but it
makes up for all of this with a really well-told yarn that effortlessly
blends science fiction, thriller and romance while avoiding too much
cheesiness along the way and is full of original twists and turns - and
for that, it's well worth a watch!