- Nox 2019
Mexico / USA 2018
Lorena Villarreal, Denisse Chapa for Barraca Producciones
directed by Lorena Villarreal
starring Melina Matthews, Rupert Graves, John Noble, Michel Chauvet, Hoze Meléndez, Ian Garcia Monterrubio, Shayne Coleman, Lucy Paez, Nic Jackman, Tina Romero, Maarten Dannenberg (as Dan Marteen), Jessica Mendiolea, Anna Cetti, Liam De La Fuente Villarreal, Christian De La Fuente Villarreal, Blanca Villarreal, Jimena Luna, Margarita Wynne, Mariana Junco, Andrea Espino, Eivaut Rischen, Tim Worm, John Houston, Paolo Patricio Quiroz, Novak Ricardo Cañamar
written by Lorena Villarreal, music by Leoncio Lara
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The 1970s: Scientist James (John Noble) and his assistant Peter (Nic
Jackman) find a stone from a meteor has a very unique power: It can alter
the past - but for everything good you do something terrible will happen.
Like when James saves his granddaughter Ana (Shayne Coleman) for a fatal
accident, but his wife died in exchange.
Since back in the day, James has long buried the stone in a secret
place and has gone senile, so chances are it will never again be found.
Ana (as a grown-up played by Melina Matthews), now a psychotherapist, and
her son Felix (Ian Garcia Monterrubio) are taking good care of him now,
but it breaks her heart to see his mind gone a little bit more every day.
Re-enter Peter (now played by Rupert Graves), who tells her mentioning
"3-3-3" (incidently 3:33 being the only time of day the stone
works) will awaken James from his senility, and she tries it, to initially
seemingly no effect, until in the middle of the night James darts off to
try to find the stone, but with no success. On the next day though, a guy
(Hoze Meléndez) shows up at Ana's house who tries to steal the stone, and
when he can't get it (for obvious reasons), he kills James, kidnaps Felix,
and gives Ana 24 hours to find the stone. Ana hooks up with a psychic
patient of hers, Daniel (Michel Chauvet), who says he's in touch with her
deceased sister (Lucy Paez), and apparently the sister helps them find the
stone. Meanwhile though, in captivity, Felix dies from an asthma attack -
and Ana's sister is able to convey that information to her and Daniel. So
when the kidnapper arrives at Ana's to fetch the stone, they make him
their captive, then try to get out of him who has actually employed him,
while at the same time Ana needs to safeguard the stone in order to get
Felix back from the dead. But whoever it is who employed the kidnapper
must have a very good reason for going through all these troubles, and who
knows how far he's determined to go ...
A very interesting piece of mystical science fiction, this one
combines classic sci-fi aspects like time travel with paranormal phenomena
and even more mundane elements from crime cinema and cooks it all up to
make a tense and exciting movie full of twists and turns, creepy bits and
suspense sequences, and thanks to a clever script and directorial effort,
everthing comes together as a homogenic whole. And of course, strong
central performances don't hurt one bit either.