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Ticking Clock (Blu-ray Review)

31 Dec, 2010 By: Angelique Flores

Street 1/4/11
Sony Pictures
$24.96 DVD, $30.95 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for bloody violence, grisly images and language.
Stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Neal McDonough, Yancey Arias, Danielle Nicolet.

It’s hard to marry a murder-mystery thriller with a time-traveling sci-fi kind of movie. Ticking Clock puts in a good effort.

Cuba Gooding Jr., in somewhat of a lazy performance, stars as Lewis Hicks, an investigative reporter who covers the crime beat. He’s personally drawn into a serial killer case when his girlfriend is murdered and the police think he’s the killer.

Rather than let the police get involved to help clear his name, he takes matters into his own hands to not only track down the killer, played by the icy Neal McDonough (“Desperate Housewives,” Band of Brothers), but also stop him from taking his next victims.

Outside the killer’s home, Lewis happens to find the killer’s journal, with each murder detailed with names and dates. There’s even a bloody fingerprint.

Hicks learns that the fingerprint, which is the size of an adult male’s, matches with a 12-year-old orphan boy. He also learns that all the women being killed are connected to this same boy, whose name is James.

The truth is finally revealed via a sci-fi infused plot twist about three-fourths of the way through the film, which comes across as a bit jarring.

Time travel doesn’t ever really make sense in the movies, and this film is no different. If you can refrain from thinking about people traveling through time and the altered effects of changed events, then the thriller aspect of the film is a good one.

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