The Time Addict (2009) – By Duane L. Martin

The Time Addict is a film from director Conrad Cimarra in which a man named Joseph (Steve Budd) has become addicted to traveling back to the past to re-live one particular moment over and over again, which is the last time he was intimate with his wife. There’s been no closeness between them since then due to an incident that occurred right before that, which I won’t reveal here because it’s an integral part of the story. However, when his wife Sarah (Belle Borovik) becomes suspicious as to why he’s not coming home at night anymore, she follows him to the time travel place and pays them to send her back as well. They couldn’t gurantee she’d end up where he was, and even if she did, it could kill them both, but she was willing to take the risk. She did end up where he was and finally discovered what he had been doing all this time, and the rest of the reasons and the resolution of the story all stem off from there. Again, I don’t want to reveal too much here.

This film is a short, coming in at around 20 minutes, which is a very appropriate time for the story. It feels neither short nor stretched out. The story itself takes place in the future, and as such there are a lot of CGI displays and effects thrown in here and there. These are well placed and well utilized, and though they are obviously placed CGI, they work well in setting a feel for the time frame the story’s supposed to be taking place in.

The time travel device itself is a bathtub full of purple goo with wires all around it that people have to sit in naked. They’re wired up and sent to re-live their past experiences. It’s rather jarring for them when they return, and many of the people who are addicted to it as well are standing around, leaning on the walls all depressed like a bunch of junkies.

As for the acting, it was generally quite good. I always make some allowances for these films that utiilize CGI backgrounds and scene elements, because it’s difficult to work around those things, but Steve Budd and Belle Borovik worked with it all well and managed to make their characters believable. All the guy really wanted was intimacy with his wife, and she wanted that too, but the incident that had happened in the past had put a wedge between them that had all but destroyed their marriage. To be honest, the sci-fi element wasn’t even necessary. This story could have just as easily been told in the modern day. The sci-fi part of it was really just a vehicle used to show the events of the past while pulling it together with what was going on with their relationship in the present, which actually worked out quite well.

On a technical level, the film was well made. The shots were set up nicely and the CGI was integrated well into the background. The set design was also quite well done, especially considering the obvious budget for the film. The costumes were nicely done as well in on the time travel people. It all really set a futuristic tone for the film and created a fairly nice visual experience. Is it worth watching? Yes, but while it’s a good, decent film, it never really goes beyond that into the realm of being something that’s awesome and is a must see. It is pretty good though, and if you’re bored and sitting around browsing you tube and feel like spending a buck, you can check it out. Not only will you get 20 minutes of entertainment, but you’ll be helping out an indie film maker.

If you’d like to check out the film, it’s available through Amazon.com, though I personally wouldn’t recommend buying the DVD. $12 is a bit pricey for a 20 minute film. As I said, it is available on YouTube as a rental for just 99 cents for a full day’s access, so if you want to support the film maker but don’t want to pay $12 to purchase the DVD, you can pay the 99 cents to watch it on YouTube instead, which you can do here.

If you’d like to find out more about the film, you can check out it’s page on the 8:30 Films website here.