Time Freak

Watch Time Freak

"If at first you don't succeed, build a time machine."
  • PG-13
  • 2018
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 5.8  (9,756)

Time Freak is a 2018 romantic comedy film directed by Andrew Bowler, which features Asa Butterfield as a socially awkward physics genius named Stillman who invents a time machine to try and fix his relationship with his ex-girlfriend Debbie, portrayed by Sophie Turner. Along with Stillman, Skyler Gisondo plays the role of Evan, the best friend and roommate who assists Stillman in his time-traveling endeavors.

The film begins with Stillman's significant breakup with Debbie, leaving him emotionally distraught and unable to accept the relationship's end. In an attempt to fix things, Stillman builds a time machine to go back in time to try and rectify the mistakes he made in their relationship. Initially, Evan opposes the time machine as he believes it would do more harm than good, but stillman convinces him to assist him.

The majority of the film centers around the pair's time-traveling endeavors to fix various relationship problems Stillman encountered with Debbie. The time machine allows Stillman to go back through his memory to interact with Debbie during key moments in their relationship, giving him the chance to rectify and rectify his missteps. While the film is a romantic comedy, it also delves deeper into the themes of grace, loss, and accepting the consequences of our actions.

Sophie Turner plays the role of Debbie, the confident and independent girlfriend who breaks up with Stillman. Turner is exceptional in her portrayal of Debbie, nailing the balance between strength and vulnerability. Asa Butterfield's performance as Stillman is also noteworthy, channeling the character's awkwardness yet intriguing as a genius who seems unable to get out of his head. Skyler Gisondo as Evan delivers a balance of humor, angst, and sincerity that makes for an excellent complementary character to Stillman.

The film is shot in a traditional indie-movie style, with a straightforward story arc and minimal special effects. The film's pacing is impressive, nonetheless, never leaving the audience feeling bored or rushing through the plot. Bowler's direction even brings out the best in each actor, making the film highly enjoyable and charming.

The dialogue of Time Freak is a significant highlight of the film, with the characters speaking in a genuine way, and never coming off as gimmicky. The script flows naturally, driving the story forward in a way that doesn't feel contrived or predictable. There are moments of genuine emotion that will tug at your heartstrings, but the film remains funny and lighthearted throughout.

Aside from the leads, the supporting cast adds depth to the film. Will Peltz plays the role of Ryan, the college student who attempts to woo Debbie away from Stillman. The character is not just a two-dimensional villain, and Peltz excellently portrays the character's complexities. Mary Elizabeth Boylan as the diner waitress also stands out, providing moments of comic relief and some wise words for the characters.

The film's ending is satisfactory, leaving the audience hopeful about the characters' future but not overtly predictable. Time Freak is a romantic comedy film that slightly deviates from the typical boy-meets-girl cliché. It has a heart and packs an emotional punch, making it a compelling watch for anyone looking for a feel-good and genuinely entertaining film. A charming and romantic film that highlights the importance of being present in the present, this movie is well worth the watch.

Time Freak is a 2018 science fiction movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8.

Time Freak
Where to Watch Time Freak
Time Freak is available to watch free on Plex. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at The Roku Channel, Apple TV, Amazon and Google Play. Some platforms allow you to rent Time Freak for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
  • Release Date
  • MPAA Rating
  • Runtime
    1 hr 44 min
  • Language
  • IMDB Rating
    5.8  (9,756)