In Cinemas 28th July 2022
Romance / Drama / Sci-Fi
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
Chloe (Lyrica Okano) has been trying to match her best friend Laura (Clara Rugaard), an up-and-coming artist. To her brother Harrison (Lewis Pullman). She drags Laura to the record store where he works and the introduction occurs, and there appears to be an instant attraction.
Everything is progressing smoothly: they seem so compatible and Laura’s gets a sponsorship to display her art locally, which means she can stay close to Harrison. His parents are doctors and have aspirations for him to follow in the same path. At a dinner with his parents, they drop the bombshell that he has been accepted at a prestigious college on the other side of the continent. Of course, this leads to an argument later where he tells Laura that he isn’t going.
The relationship certainly flourishes and they make a cassette together of their favourite songs which were playing at various stages of their relationship. Early on the morning after his birthday, Harrison gets up early telling Laura he’s going surfing. At the beach, with surfboard under arm, and earphones on, he crosses the road and doesn’t hear the oncoming car and is killed.
Fast forward several years and Laura has been languishing in her sorrow, lacking motivation for her art career. The owner of the record store, Cooper (Danny Glover) gives her back the cassette that she and Harrison had created together. Sitting at home she puts it into her Walkman, puts the headphones on and presses Play. Instantly she is transported back in time to the exact moment that they were together when the song was played. She tries to explain to Harrison but he thinks she is on drugs or her drink has been spiked.
Eventually, with each song, she convinces him and tries to change the past – telling him not to go surfing that day. She even makes him promise to break up with her and go to College, which would put him several thousand miles away. At every stage she becomes more and more disappointed and despaired – eventually realizing that you can’t change the past.
It isn’t a particularly great movie, but it is a good one and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely worth going to the movies to get out of the house and be entertained!