By Stu Greenfield (@Youvegotfilmon)
Groundhog Day meets Inception is the best way I can sum up this multi award wining short film from director Sam Buntrock and writer Stanton Nash.
The plot focuses on a main protagonist played by Rob McClure who, having been chosen as his friend’s Best Man, loses the wedding ring he has been entrusted with. He then goes back in time to rectify his mistakes and get the ring to the wedding on time. The consequences however, are not quite as he expected and things soon become complicated as he breaks the laws of time. Can he tie up all the loose ends and return to normality? “Remember, to understand recursion one must first understand recursion.”
The film is very reminiscent of the semi recent influx of films exploring the concept of time travel and bending dimensions (Inception, Adjustment Bureau). Although the idea has been explored before this is an interesting and well executed film. Written by Nash, the film initially gives little away allowing snippets of explanation and information as the plot progresses. Well directed and fast paced with quick shots to mirror the main characters mania as he becomes deeper and deeper involved.
A simple yet effective script with well placed use of narration to tie up loose ends, which it is accentuated by an impressive performance from McClure. There are points where the story line is a little hard to follow as the main character jumps from timeline to timeline, but everything is neatly tied together at the end of the film.
Recursion does in twenty minutes what other films have failed to do in two hours: produce a well written and well directed piece of time travel film that leaves you thinking and questioning. A full length feature anyone?
Director: Sam Buntrock, Writer: Stanton Nash, Starring: Rob McClure, Sam Tedaldi, Clare Wong, Ruffin Prestiss III
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