Movie Review: Paradox (2016)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the science fiction mystery starring Malik Yoba and Zoe Bell.

Synopsis: A team of scientists secretly create a time machine and send one of their own an hour into the future. However, instead of a celebration, he discovers the rest of the team has been murdered by a masked assailant who has also programmed the lab to self destruct. He travels back in time to warn everyone but learns there are a set of events that have already been put in motion and cannot be stopped without creating a time paradox.

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Review

I came across this movie on Netflix a few days ago and, mostly because I'm suffering from Doctor Who withdrawals, decided to watch it with my wife last night. I did have some doubts about this movie, especially since I didn't know any of the cast members. But, overall, it turned out to be an interesting mystery.

I think the thing that made this film as interesting as it was is it becomes apparent, relatively early, the bad guy is actually one of the team members. This, in all honesty, wasn't unexpected. But, the film does a pretty decent job of using red herrings to keep the killer's identity a secret while, at the same time, leaving at least a faint possibility they aren't alone.

Adding to the mystery was the clever way the time machine was used with other members either being sent forward in time or back in time in an effort to either gain more information or stop the killer. Not only does this ultimately become part of the reason why the events are unfolding they way they are, it also adds a brand new element to the mystery itself because, with a working time machine, the killer might not even be from this time period.

I will caution you, however, as is the case with most time travel movies, this is a film you do need to pay close attention to. If you don't, it does have the potential to be somewhat confusing, especially toward the end, when the movie reveals who the killer is and why the murders are occurring. In other words, I wouldn't recommend watching this movie if you are tired, are going to be distracted by kids in the room or don't normally hit the pause button when you get up for a snack.

Final Opinion

This is actually a surprisingly good film, even though there are quite a few confusing moments. If you like mysteries, I do recommend taking the time to watch it.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 05/24/2016, StevenHelmer
 
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