Friday, November 11, 2016

Movie review: ARQ

Trapped in a laboratory and stuck in a time loop, a couple fends off masked intruders while protecting a new energy source that could save humanity.

Robbie Amell (Renton), Rachael Taylor (Hannah), Shaun Benson (Sonny), Gray Powell (Father), Jacob Neayem (Brother), Adam Butcher (Cuz), Tantoo Cardinal (The Pope).

Renton is a disgruntled ex-government employee who has somehow gotten his hands on a new unlimited energy source, which also turns out to be something of a time machine. Along with his recently returned ex-girlfriend Hannah, the two try to defend themselves and the device against intruders. That is easier said than done when you are re-living the same day over and over.

Acting was pretty good with Amell delivering a nice, realistic performance. Taylor did fairly well, and seemed to work nicely with Amell. Benson, Powell, and the remainder of the cast were solid and overall acting in ARQ is enjoyable.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are a bit simplistic but fit the story and setting nicely. Action scenes are well done which is good since we get to see them a dozen times or so. Dialogue moved the plot along well and added good depth to what could have been quite a boring film. Sound and soundtrack were good.

If you are a time-travel fan you will likely enjoy this one a bit. With good technical quality, acting, and storyline, ARQ is a solid sci-fi thriller.

With plenty of violence and some foul language, this should be fine for older teens and above.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 10.27.16
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Thrillers, Sci-Fi Thriller, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Canadian Movies

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