Ninety Seconds (2012) – By Misty Layne

Ninety Seconds by Gerard Lough, is a film about revenge, betrayal and the more and more common lack of privacy in today’s technological world. Set in a not too distant future, people are able to easily and quickly gain entrance into others’ private lives via phone and internet hacking and there are indeed people (called Techs) whose sole purpose in life is to do just that.

Mark is one of those people. Ninety Seconds starts with Mark meeting a man named Mr. Phillips who asks him to spy on a young beauty. He doesn’t say why but Mark doesn’t question it because it’s almost always about a dame.

Next up is a scene that almost seems to be a throwaway, of Mark’s female partner and one of her clients who has been having her spy on his wife. Besides the fact that it seemed to be mostly filler, this scene also stuck out because of one minor detail – in the female Tech’s car, she had a Hello Kitty seatbelt shoulder pad. A very minor detail, yes, but one that distracted me nonetheless because the film had already made the point that the Techs are amoral, people of the night and all of their scenes are in dark colors with them wearing black clothing. Hello Kitty was a bit incongruous.

The rest of the film continues with Mark tracking the young beauty all while someone (or rather several some ones) is tracking him. Why is Mark being tracked? Why does Mr. Phillips want Mark tracking this woman that Mr. Phillips has never even met? Who is safe here and who is not? Ninety Seconds is full of nefarious doings.

While it’s an interesting concept, Ninety Seconds is a meandering sort of film, full of long shots of people snooping, hacking and breaking and entering. It never feels fully developed, almost as if part of the script was cut away. There are some lovely reflective shots throughout that may have a deeper meaning (our secret lives reflected to the public perhaps?) and the high tech stuff looks real and complex which is a nice touch. Another excellent visual device is the use of the words “End of File” throughout.

While it could use some work, Ninety Seconds is an interesting depiction of society and well worth a look. If you’d like to learn more about Ninety Seconds check out their Facebook page here.