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6:45 is a horror time loop mix
Filmmaker Craig Singer collaborates with writer Robert Dean Klein for the time loop horror flick 6:45 from Well Go Entertainment. A pulse-pounding psychological thriller about a dream vacation gone very, very bad 6:45 tells the story of Bobby Patterson (Michael Reed), who is taking one last romantic shot at saving his rocky relationship with his girlfriend, Jules Rables (Augie Duke).
Bobby has decided to take Jules on a weekend getaway to the picturesque island resort of Bog Grove. To their bewilderment, the sleepy beach town is curiously empty, but they soon learn about its notorious and bloody history — one that is about to repeat itself repeatedly. The pair’s relationship issues quickly go to the wayside to overcome a demented cycle of terror in which they are seemingly trapped. Moreover, no matter what great lengths they take to avoid it, Bobby and Jules awake at 6:45 each morning to a nightmarish chain of events with no escape.
Time loop films are pretty standard in cinema, with success seen in films such as Groundhog Day and Happy Death Day. That said, it takes a delicate skill to pull off this particular plot type, and for the most part, Singer and his co-writer succeed. Singer takes his time setting up the plot for 6:45 and introduces Bobby and Jules as a happy couple. We watch the duo engage in intimacy, have a meal, and explore. However, towards the end of the first vacation day, something violent happens. Bobby then wakes up and soon realizes he is reliving the day.
That is all I want to say about the general plot of 6:45, as going any further would ruin the film. Michael Reed and Augie Duke both deliver solid performances as our leads, and I did find myself invested in their characters. I also want to credit the director and screenwriter for providing the audience with on-screen cue cards, so we know how long Jules and Bobby have been stuck in time loop hell.
While 6:45 is not as concrete as time loop films of the past, I did find myself with a genuine investment in the film. When the credits rolled, and our explanation arrived, I repeatedly asked how I missed that. While the film does have some great gore moments, due to the narrative structure, 6:45 is sure to cause a divide among horror fans. Nevertheless, I recommend the film as a one-time watch.
Final Grade: C+
6:45 is available ON Demand today or on DVD if you prefer.
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