95ers: Time Runners – By Philip Smolen

FBI agent Sally Biggs (Alesandra Durham) has always been able to bend time. Ever since she was a little girl, she could rewind the moments in her life by nine seconds. And now that her scientist husband (Joel Bishop), who worked on a massive particle accelerator research program has died under mysterious circumstances, pregnant Sally is finding that she needs to rewind time more and more. She’s seeing ghostly images of her dead husband walking around her home. Even worse are the bizarre robotic looking assassins who have attempted to kill her and her sister-in-law. But what’s really got Sally upset is that her new boss Hamilcar Grandon (sinister Terence Goodman) has confiscated all of Sally’s research material on recent psychic-type phenomena. Sally’s believes that these phenomena are the locus for a rift in the space-time continuum. And she thinks that her husband knew all about these disruptions and that’s why he disappeared.

“95ers: Time Runners” is an intelligent and thought provoking sci-fi film from Thomas Gomez Durham. It’s thickly plotted and requires the viewer’s complete attention. But it is also a satisfying thriller that makes you think (when was the last time that a sci-fi film made you do that?). The plot is mainly taken up with Sally’s journey as she solves the bizarre puzzle that her husband left her. It’s a great plot device because it allows the viewer to solve the mystery with her. You’re never quite sure what will happen next and that keeps you on your toes.

One of the ironic and fun aspects of the film is that while Sally tries to solve her husband’s disappearance and bounces back and forth in time, her sister-in-law is rehearsing a local version of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”, itself an earlier examination of time travel.

Durham has assembled a solid cast including Alesandra Durham, Joel Bishop and Terence Goodman. Their performances anchor the film and make the fantastic elements that much more believable. The director has also provided some good CGI effects. One of the best is watching Sally’s timeline/graph develop.

If you’re tired of sc-fi movies that don’t give you enough plot, then be sure to check out “95ers: Time Runners.” It’s got enough sci-fi story for five movies.

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