DVD REVIEW: Repeaters

Repeaters DVD coverRepeaters, directed by Carl Bessai, is a Canadian film very much in the vein of Groundhog Day, 12.01 and countless other films and television shows. Our lead characters find themselves reliving the same day over and over again, trapped in an unexplained temporal loop, so what makes this version different from the rest?


Repeaters is set in a rehabilitation centre, where we meet our three main protagonists: Kyle (Dustin Milligan), Sonia (Amanda Crew) and Michael (Richard de Klerk). Each one of them has personal family issues to deal with; estranged sister, dying father and imprisoned father respectively, but that isn’t what forms the crux of the story. As mentioned in the preamble, our trio wake to find themselves reliving the previous day in the rehab centre, all hit with an electric shock the night before (or night ahead? – this could get confusing) whilst on their own. It quickly becomes apparent to them that they are the only people affected and they decide to go have some fun with it, fun which soon gets out of hand.

I liked this as a concept, the idea that if you’re just going to keep reliving the same day then there are no consequences to pay, you just wake up the next morning with no-one any the wiser to what you’ve done. Armed with day passes from the rehab centre, the trio start off with a bit of petty crime, stealing from a liquor store, jacking cars and so on before things start to escalate. Michael, the bad guy in the group, decides he wants to ramp it up a level or three, moving on to rape, violence and murder knowing that the next day everything will be back to normal and the only

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people who will know about it are Kyle and Sonia. Even if the main characters die, fate still brings them back to life so there truly are no consequences to their actions, just like hitting the reset button when your ass is being handed to you on your latest console game.

And this is where the film falls down; big time. There is absolutely no danger to any of the group or the people that they are interacting with. Whenever Kyle or Sonia attempt to stop Michael from going down even more depraved and sadistic routes, you just know that everything resets nicely the next (same) day. Without this element of danger, the natural tension which would develop is gone and I found myself more a semi-interested observer than someone gripped by the story.

The characters are passable, interact well with each other and wouldn’t look out-of-place in a teen drama; memories of Party of Five spring to mind. The acting is ok, but nothing to write home about. Normally these would be things which could be overlooked but the combination of these coupled with the lack of tension leads to a fairly lack lustre film which meanders along to a finale which brought the excitement we needed a little too late.

There are a few positives here and there; Kyle’s approach to stopping the local dealer who is preying on Kyle’s teenage sister being one, but they are too few and far between.

Overall, a film that could have been so much more. I went into it expecting great things from the synopsis but, save for the establishing scenes and those few dotted moments which piqued my interest, I came away disappointed and, worse still, slightly bored by the whole thing.

For those of you looking to wile away a dreary Sunday afternoon, Repeaters is available on DVD and other viewing formats.

 

Rating: 2 out of 5
Reviewer: Phlambler

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