Time travel movies are tricky. It’s fun and fantastic when this sub-genre hits the mark like Palm Springs, Hot Tub Time Machine, Looper, and others. But some of the time (no pun intended), these types of movies are complete misses, such as Project Almanac, Idaho Transfer, and more. Add in a high concept and a low budget, then you’re just asking for failure — unless you’re a filmmaker who has the chops to bring it all together in a clear story.
In Relax, I’m From The Future, writer/director Luke Higginson — in his feature film debut — showcases a hyper-visual, super hilarious, and utterly absurd time travel movie that has something to say about kindness, the value of one life, and our future as a society.
The science fiction film follows Casper, played by the very funny Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords, The Boat That Rocked), a time traveler from the future who gets stuck in the past — also known as present-day Toronto, Canada. However, when he meets Holly, played by Gabrielle Graham (Possessor, On The Basis of Sex), a punk rock anarchist, he has to convince her that he is from the future and has a plan to make the world a better place.
Meanwhile, Doris, played by Janine Theriault (Pompeii, Upside Down), another time traveler trapped in the past, has to protect the timeline from anyone trying to alter the future, while a sad sack coffee shop server named Percy, played by Julian Richings (Man of Steel, X-Men: The Last Stand), might be the key to saving the world.
The movie is a sharp and clever film that uses today’s political and global climate to paint a bleak picture of the future that’s virtually impossible to change. But, the filmmakers provide a dark and twisted look at how things could be different in an elaborate and detailed plan to make things better. Although the film takes a number of shifts and loops — it’s a time travel movie after all — it’s edited with precision and wit that reflects its overall comedic tone.
Relax, I’m From The Future is a breath of fresh air. The movie feels like the best of Back To The Future and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure meets Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. It’s one of those movies that feels very familiar, but original all at once. It’s well-worth your time and attention for its unique storytelling and Rhys Darby’s hysterically funny standout performance.
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