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This was a very suspenseful, exciting drama. The acting was very good and the
dialogue was believable. The plot was basically solid; there were only a few
times I thought the characters acted one way when I thought they should have
done something else. For a film that is about 4 hours long, the time flew by as
I wanted to see what happened next. It was very enjoyable.
Timothy Hutton plays a physics professor with a young daughter; his wife died
when his daughter was born and they visit her grave every year on the daughter's
birthday. They find a mysterious briefcase containing a police evidence file,
for his unsolved murder, which is to take place five days later. There are crime
scene photos and other shocking evidence. At first he thinks it's a hoax, but as
things start to happen, he realizes that the file is real. The only
disappointing thing about this is that they never explain how or why the time
travel took place, but I guess if I were worried about dying in five days, I
might not care so much about that, either.
The other characters include his girlfriend, her mobster husband, a police
detective, his weird graduate student, and his brother-in-law. During the
mini-series, we not only get interested in what will happen to the main
character and his daughter, but we find out that the others are all suspects in
the murder as well. It is part whodunnit, part suspense drama, and part science
fiction, which makes for an interesting combination.
The plot twists and turns, and there are a lot of surprises, mostly about the
characters. I didn't see anything too obvious about what was going to happen,
but I am not the type of person to think ahead while watching TV, so I couldn't
tell you if it was predictable or not. It wasn't obviously so, at any rate.
I like that the characters are very smart. The physics professor, his daughter,
and his grad student are all geniuses, yet they still are relatable as human
Since this is twice as long as a regular film, you are definitely getting value
for your money. It also has many extra features that I enjoyed. It is worth
spending your money on.
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