A small film with big ideas.
Every now and then, we here at Truly Disturbing Horror get the opportunity to showcase lesser-known films, or films that are not widely available. In this case, we received a short film, THE TIMESLIP, for review. Without any foreknowledge, we dove right in. But what did we find?
THE TIMESLIP begins in modern day London as a man walks purposefully along a busy street, sporting a nice suit and a briefcase. He steps off the curb and, without warning, stumbles into a forest. Alone, seemingly out of place and potentially out of time. Where is he? How did he get there? Can he make it back? Is he alone? Will he succumb to the elements? Or will something else be his end?
The plot of THE TIMESLIP feels very much like an old episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, with it’s tale of an ordinary man thrust into extraordinary, and possibly supernatural, circumstances. It may seem simple on the surface, however the ideas and the questions it raises are very intriguing. The film manages to be entertaining, suspenseful, and thought-provoking in equal measure. It does everything it needs to do, it doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, and it doesn’t overcomplicate the scenario.
One of the primary reasons for it’s success is a very convincing performance from Richard Chance as the man, or Modern Man as the credits list him. With surprising ease, he manages to convey the fear, the loneliness, and the helplessness of his plight. There isn’t much to his character, but how he reacts to each new development is very real and relatable.
Mr. Chance also co-wrote and co-directed the film with his brother, Jonathan Chance. The brothers show a real knack for storytelling and filmmaking. Considering it’s low-budget, handheld nature, the film demonstrates a visual style and flair, including a handful of well-composed shots that overcome the limitations of the form and could sit side-by-side with higher-budgeted fare.
If there are any complaints to be had, they are minor. Nitpicks, to be more concise. A spiral accompanies the film’s title, and shows up one time in the film. It would have been nice to see this motif played with a little more. Also, the film ends very abruptly. Before the audience can fully take in what happens in the conclusion, it cuts to black and begins the credits. About ten to fifteen more seconds to adjust to the ending would have helped with the transition. Once again, though, these are nitpicks, and hardly do anything to diminish the impressive accomplishments of the film.
THE TIMESLIP isn’t widely available at this time. If you get the opportunity to see it in any festivals, definitely take it. This film comes with a very high recommendation. THE TIMESLIP is a terrific example of short form storytelling done correctly. The Chance Brothers really distinguish themselves with this film, and are a duo worth keeping track of for any future projects.
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