Ever wonder what happened to Mickey in the alternate universe?
Initially I thought this was a stupid “chick flick” film like a New Years Day or Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants or some madness like that. Then after watching the trailer I thought I was getting myself into a heist movie. Turns out neither were entirely true but as a whole, I was pleasantly surprised.
22.214.171.124. tells one story in four parts. All the characters are unique and interesting so in a way, it’s like getting four films for the price of one. Then once you’ve seen how the four girls have gotten where they are, it ties it all together with a grand finale and everyone mutters to themselves, “wowwww. Very cool.” I can promise the muttering portion of the film, I watched it alone and texted my wife updates about what I found interesting. But I’m sure someone “oohed and awed” somewhere.
The other exciting part about this film is that it was written, directed, produced, and played by Noel Clarke who you may recognize as Rose’s boyfriend Mickey from season one of the recent Doctor Who series. He plays a bit of a dirtbag in the film, which was unfortunate, but he does a great job, and seeing how he’s grown over the past decade peaked my interest at the very least. It’s always nice to see someone take a step out of their shell and do something ambitious like write, produce, and direct a feature film when most people only know you as a throw away character in a sci-fi television series.
Obligatory shot of action star holding a gun.
BROAD vs. NICHE – I just mentioned in a different post that I consider British to be a niche area, but this was enough action/adventure that I could place this in more of a broad audience genre. There was something for everyone and it never got too dark that I had to throw up any cautionary comments so I say go for it, but maybe not for the kids. You see a naked butt at one point. Very risqué haha.
WATCHABILITY – I tried to do chores during this film and quickly lost myself since there is a time traveling aspect to the writing. They show the full three days worth of perspective than start back at the beginning for the next girl. They make a fairly clear point of this but I missed the part where they make the point and for a moment I thought it was just a film about how everyone hates one of the girls. So definitely offer this film your time, but know that the beginning twenty minutes or so lack some of the energy you’ll find later that really carries you through the film.
WHEN TO WATCH – I would watch this with a buddy. You may not capture the attention of an entire room, but I don’t think anyone will be too disappointed if you introduce them to this film. If there is absolutely nothing else to watch, I would definitely say at the least give this film a try. I enjoyed it and could see a lot of others saying the same.