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John steals money and a bracelet/temporal dislocator from a Chinese antiques shop. Fleeing, he triggers the device and goes minutes back in time. The time travels result in new Johns and they form the Mega Time Squad.
Tim van Dammen
Two wanted women decide to rob their wealthy psychotic friend who lives in the fantasy world they created as children; to take the money they have to take part in a deadly perverse game of make believe.
Somewhat original concept, but it's surprisingly uninvolving
I'll admit I was intrigued by this film from the write-up and it did look as though it would offer a variant on the usual slant in the horror film world; rather than having someone going round killing people senselessly we have someone killing people and then becoming that person in order to survive. This works to an extent due to the intriguing concept, but sadly different does not always mean good...
The shape-shifting element to the story is of some interest and in its early stages and at the start I was invested in what was happening; who would be targeted next and how each target would slot into the story and while it works at the start after about the first 30 minutes it starts to become repetitive - particularly when precious little is learnt about our 'shape-shifter.' An example of this is where we're told early in the film that the 'shape-shifter' used to last longer in a body, but now they could only exist for short periods of time in someone else's body - this becomes a recurring theme throughout the film. The problem is that this is never really elaborated on and the 'shape-shifter' also doesn't have much of a backstory which is what gives the film its uninvolving feel. In fact its only the idea that the 'shape-shifter' must find a new body quickly that gets the film any kind of urgency at all.
Lifechanger does make some relevations towards the end which may go towards alleviating some viewer's frustration, but on the other hand the finale felt a little forced and rushed and the ending to me never comes across as being quite as profound as it thinks it is. I also found the voiceover a little irritating and never really felt that it added much to the film - this was made worse by the fact that I thought the guy narrating the film sounded like Nicolas Cage which just acted as a further distraction.
The acting is about what you'd expect given the budget etc and whilst no-one stands out as being particularly bad it is only Lora Burke and Jack Foley who really make much of an impression.
On the whole then this isn't terrible, but I sometimes think that whoever does the ratings for the films on SKY needs their head examining; Lifechanger was given 4.5 stars out of 5 which I think is ridiculous. IMDB rates the film as 5.5 out of 10 which I think is a much more accurate reflection of the overall quality of this film.
SIDE NOTE; that opening scene though with Elitsa Bako - just wow!!!
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