DISPLACEMENT

 

It is very difficult to find many redeeming features in Kenneth Mader's second feature length film, but I can appreciate that he did manage to use mostly authentic physics terms as opposed to making them up completely. I will give him that.

 

But during the course of the film, he ambitiously attempts to explain each term while stringing along a ridiculous plot involving the weaponizing of time travel... I think. His lead actress spends nearly two hours of movie time searching for a "negation Point" which is the one term in the movie that doesn't seem to exist; at least not in physics. Oh my!

 

Courtney Hope plays Cassie, a physics genius who has decided to tamper with time in order to change her mother's death scene situation but accidentally winds up killing her boyfriend. Now she must find the spot where she screwed up the future and keep it from happening before she destroys the actual future.

Meanwhile she is either being helped or hindered by her genius father (Lou Richards), her ambitious horny co-worker Josh (Karan Oberoi), a program director who intends to weaponize the outcome (Dr. Miles), another old guy who's a doctor (Bruce Davidson) and possibly her boyfriend Brian (Chris Backus).

 

During the course of her efforts, she gets electro-shock treatments from Dr Miles, but not in the fun Laurence Olivier "Marathon Man" torture scene way, but almost a buddy scene kind of way. Douglas as a villain is hardly believable.

 

In fact, that is the main problem, none of the characters are believable enough to give a hoot in hell about. They are all buried in physics lingo and explaining Einstein's theory of time travel. Explaining quantum physics does not a great script make. Quickly the dialogue becomes a coma inducing exercise of futility.

 

Kudos to the actors for memorizing the terms and phrases, that apparently superseded the development of believable characters. Sarah Douglas who had glorious roles as one of Superman's foes in the earlier "Superman" films has no umph whatsoever in this fiasco. And Ms Hope might as well sign up for more video game voiceover gigs and soap operas.

 

The one character who does stand out is the little used Susan Blakely who was barely used as seemingly healthy dying mother. I hope I look that good while in my last stages of death.

 

"Displacement" manages to demonstrate is a prime example of the theory of phenomenalism; it only exists if you keep your eyes open. Tedious and clumsy with weak characters.   -- GEOFF BURTON

 

GEOFF BURTON

 

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