“ARQ” – Movie Review

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Here’s another film I found on Netflix. According to IMDB :

Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, a disoriented couple fends off masked raiders while harboring a new energy source that could save humanity.

Written and Directed by: Tony Elliott

Cast: Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor, Shaun Benson, Gray Powell, Jacob Neayem, Adam Butcher

 


Another timeless sci-fi trope—the endless time loop—provides us with a series of do-overs and character and plot revelations during the various iterations of the same 3+ hour span of time.

Let me just point out that ARQ was only distributed on Netflix, if that tells you anything, and that Robbie Amell left the DC Television universe (as one half of Firestorm) to do movies.

And he did this one.

Not that this movie bad, but it’s just not as good as it could be.

With every piece of information the characters think they have figured out, there is another that will come along next time to either further confirm or contradict what they “know.”

Double-crosses, triple-crosses, a technology that doesn’t do what they think it does, messages from the future/past, a resistance, corporatism… all of it is here.

Now, having said all that, let me add a little something to my statement above where I said that “it’s not as good as it could be.” That’s still true, but I feel like I need to admit that the movie is better than it ought to be in its current state.

It’s enjoyable enough, well-enough acted, and the limited setting of the house/lab keeps us in the same claustrophobic state as our characters, which helps to identify with them a little more.

I’m going to give ARQ a 2.5/5. I’d like to go to a 3/5, but that might be giving it a little too much credit.

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