Time: 118 mins.
SYNOPSIS: An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences.
BOTTOM LINE: An intelligently-crafted, heart-stopping thriller that grabs the mind and touches the soul despite the utter ridiculousness of its time-twisting plot. Caviezel and Quaid play a son and father who reconcile with each other across the years, via an unnatural radio connection, in an attempt to change their future. By tampering with the past, they create a different outcome, where things aren't exactly a bed of roses. Their actions have unforeseen consequences they must race against time to correct. While not at all based in reality, the story is gripping and intense. It could easily have been hokey and unbelievable, but the mystery is actually well-crafted and perfectly paced.
Though they share no actual screen time, Quaid and Caviezal form a strong bond of friendship, respect and love. Their performances are what sell this film, keeping it grounded with honest emotions. They play true blue, regular guys dropped into extraordinary circumstances, fighting for a life they never got the chance to know. It's a brilliant blend of familial devotion, crime drama and science fiction. Caviezal is wonderful as the son who is constantly changing his past and future with every step he takes. He's the only one who's aware of the alternate realities and it's his pained and hopeful turn that makes the story entrancing. The ending is a bit too pat, but the road to get there is well worth the trip.