Sunday 1 October 2023

REVIEW: 57 Seconds (2023) Starring Josh Hutcherson and Morgan Freeman

Review by Jon Donnis
"57 Seconds," directed by Rusty Cundieff, is an American indie science fiction thriller that delves into the intriguing intersection of technology, health, and time travel. Based on a story by E.C. Tubb, the film follows the journey of Franklin Fox (Josh Hutcherson), a tech blogger obsessed with the potential of advanced AI technology to revolutionize health. Sneaking into a conference by powerful CEO Anton Burrell (Morgan Freeman), Franklin ends up in possession of a mysterious ring that can send its wearer 57 seconds back in time, setting off a moralistic tale of choices, power, and consequences.

The plot is anchored by Hutcherson's portrayal of Franklin, a character torn between the allure of newfound abilities and the ethical implications of his actions. Morgan Freeman's Anton Burrell serves as a contrasting figure, embodying the struggle between good and evil within the film. The limited budget is apparent in the film's visual execution, but considering the constraints, it's more constructive to focus on the film's storytelling and ambitious ideas.

The film presents genuinely interesting sci-fi concepts, exploring the potential of time travel and its impact on one's choices and destiny. However, there is room for improvement in fully exploring these ideas and their repercussions. Adding humour to the narrative could have elevated the viewing experience and added a layer of depth to the characters.

Despite the budget limitations that hindered the film's visual aspects, "57 Seconds" remains a straightforward sci-fi film with a compelling plot and thought-provoking themes. The storyline offers a moral lesson about the corrupting influence of wealth and power, showcasing how swiftly one can deviate from their intended path.

In conclusion, "57 Seconds" is a valiant effort with notable strengths in storytelling and conceptualization. While it could have benefited from a higher budget and a touch of humour, the film's potential shines through its ideas and performances. I would score this film a generous 7 out of 10, acknowledging its merits and hoping for future endeavours that build on its innovative foundation.

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