Time Freak Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews Time Freak, the story of a genius teenage boy who is in love with a girl who breaks up after a year. He invents a time-machine and tries to fix the break-up repeatedly. He finally goes a year back with his friend/advisor to fix the bad days.

The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/Video total rating:
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Studio and Year: Lionsgate – 2018
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 104 minutes
Genre: Sci-fi/Drama/Romance/Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Sophie Turner, Skyler Gisondo
Written & Directed by: Andrew Bowler
Music by: Andrew Lockington
Region Code: A

Release Date: January 8, 2019

“Live. Love. Regret. Repeat”


“If you could turn back time… could you win back the love of your life? That’s the problem puzzling Stillman (Asa Butterfield, Ender’s Game), a physics genius recently dumped by his stunning girlfriend Debbie (Sophie Turner, TV’s “Game of Thrones”). So, after creating a timeline of their romance and a machine to rewind the past, he grabs his wing man Evan (Skyler Gisondo) and sets off to right every wrong he made with Debbie. But as this insane comedy proves, there are some mistakes too perfect for science to fix.” – Lionsgate Home Entertainment

My Take:

Prior to receiving the press announcement for Time Freak I hadn’t previously heard of it. The subject matter and genre were pretty much right up my alley so, despite its rather uninspired plot, I figured I would give it a go for review. What we have here is a blend of other films that fuse sci-fi, romance and, buddy flick style comedy. The real question is whether it is successful at handling the balance. The answer is, sort of. The development of the foundational elements is quite good, as is the establishment of the bond between good friends Stillman and his good buddy Evan. What I found lacking was the romance between Stillman and Debbie. Unfortunately, this is the crux of the plot and impetus for Stillman’s need to create the time machine. This isn’t helped by the poor chemistry between Butterfield and Sohpie Turner.

What does work, quite well, is the chemistry between Butterfield and Skyler Gisondo, who plays Evan. The subplot/offshoots surrounding Stillman’s requirement that Evan tag along on his various time travel jaunts as a means of assisting him in replaying out and turning around each negative interaction with Debbie is what makes Time Freak fun to watch. Genre fans looking for a tear-jerking romance should look elsewhere. Genre fans that enjoy a lighthearted, wingman buddy flick will probably enjoy this one.

So, while Time Freak aims pretty high, it does fall short of the mark but, manages to be entertaining, more so due to the total sum of its parts rather than being a wholly gratifying, multifaceted genre entry. I watched it over the holidays with my family and we all enjoyed it.

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Parental Guide: 

The rating is for drug material, some sexual content, and language.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 82
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 90
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Time Freak comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.

This is an excellent video presentation that boasts plenty of high-level detail, boldly applied contrast, rich colors, and appreciable dimensional perspective. Fleshtones are lifelike and exhibit warm yet descriptive complexional tonality. Blacks are punchy and stand out when onscreen with mixed content. Visibility in low lighting and darkened areas is estimable. The combination gives dark scenes appreciable depth of field. Images are dynamic, clearly drawn, and perfectly suited for the source material.

The front heavy lossless surround mix features dialogue that is full bodied with defining tonal characteristics and prominent soundstage position. High level detail is readily apparent as subtle sound effects, music and voices were rendered with superior clarity and depth. There is little call for surround activity and extended dynamics however there are a few instances that provide a discernable level of spatial envelopment accompanied be punchy low frequency enhancement.

Bonus Features:

  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Time Freak: The Original Academy Award Nominated Short Film
  • Making Time Freak Featurette
  • Trailers
  • Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

Written/directed by Andrew Bowler Time Freak aims pretty high, falls short of the mark but, manages to be entertaining, more so due to the total sum of its parts rather than being a wholly gratifying, multifaceted genre entry. It comes to Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring solid technical merits mated with a fair supplemental package. Time Freak is easily worth the cost of a rental and deserves a spot near the top of your Blu-ray rental queue.


Ralph Potts
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