06th Dec2021

‘Time Now’ VOD Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Eleanor Lambert, Claudia Black, Xxavier Polk, Paige Kendrick, Dwele, Sebastian Beacon, Jeannine Thompson, Peter Knox, Aaron Matthew Atkisson, Asher Atkisson, Dominique Alexander, Ashley Sheri | Written and Directed by Spencer King

Several years after a falling out with her family in Detroit, a young woman returns to the city she grew up in to mourn the sudden death of her twin brother. Upon meeting her brother’s eclectic group of friends, stepping into the scene he belonged to, and navigating the urban playground that is Detroit, she soon discovers that his death is not what it seems.

Given the rising cost of living and stagnant wages, the famous saying that goes “You can never go home again.” Is more like “You can never leave home.” However Time Now does feature a protagonist, Jenny, who has left home, only returning to sort things out after the death of her twin brother. In this case the saying “You can never go home again” is whole-heartedly true and Jenny should really have stayed away as her trip home is bleak.

In fact the whole film is bleak, from the characters to the performances, the cinematography to the direction, everything here screams bleakness and pain – right down to the choice of music, both songs ands ambient music. Everything perfectly reflecting the sense of weariness, sadness and estrangement Jenny feels towards her family, and anyone connected to her brother feels.

Let’s get things straight, Time Now, is a dark, melancholy, film. A slow-burn of a movie that really explores the effects of loss can have on someone. The fact that there’s something of a thriller a work here too only adds to the overall sense of tension that Spencer King has created just by having Jenny (played BRILLIANTLY by Eleanor Lambert, daughter of Christopher Lambert and actress Diane Lane) come home to a bleak Detroit and an uncaring, unloving family.

Time Now is less about the thriller element of the story and more about Jenny rediscovering her brother after his passing. The fact that his death is surrounded in mystery – a mystery Jenny feels she needs to uncover – gives Jenny purpose over and above just coming home to say goodbye – something is seems, given her dreams about him, that she really doesn’t want to say goodbye and looking into his life and death is keeping her from totally breaking down in front of her young son. A breakdown exacerbated by the breakdown of Jenny’s marriage too.

A dark, bleak and emotionally wrought film that perfectly captures the pain and sadness of loss on celluloid, Time Now is available on demand now from Dark Star Pictures.


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