Nothing happens in this film. Seriously nothing. The premise is that a man catches up with a girl and they spend an hour, or so, talking in much the same manner as this: ‘I know you.’ ‘You don’t know me.’ ‘But I’m sure we’ve met before.’ Seriously? There’s no wit, no drama, no romance, no nothing. Just talking, for over an hour!
Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh. Although nothing physically happens in this film (as you can tell, this is my main complaint) the narrative is fairly good, flows well and is quite intriguing, perhaps not enough so to keep my attention for the full hour and ten minutes, but good enough. The male character (Zad) appears to be the human parallel of God, or at least he claims to have wiped out all of humanity with the introduction of a self-made virus (Zitonus) before restarting it again by cloning himself. The female character (whose name we never discover) turns out to be the only female clone created, using the last female chromosomes in existence.
If humanity is to continue then, she has to be prepared to reproduce… quite a few times. Upon realizing this, the woman seems unimpressed and instead chooses to end her life by drowning herself, apparently. The film ends with her walking into the sea, so I assume that’s what’s happening, but then maybe she just fancies a swim?
It just doesn’t work for me basically, I felt it dragged a bit much and that the story could have been summed up in about twenty minutes, rather than the hour spent covering and recovering the same topics and treading round the same backdrop. But then, the film leans toward the sci-fi genre and sci-fi’s difficult to pull off without major money being spent on sfx. There is talk of wars, trips into space and cloning laboratories that would’ve been great to shoot as part of some mainstream action/sci-fi/thriller but just don’t pique my interest enough when spoken of in passing and so don’t fit this context.
On a happier note, the scenery is beautiful, I found it quite intriguing to have a film based around the desert, not enough so to keep my interest for the full film, but still… The actors too were very good, though, at times a bit wooden. But hey, maybe that was part of it?
Overall, a good effort, but it should have been A LOT shorter.
WHEN TIME BECOMES A WOMAN Review
Zad is on a mission to convince a woman to go with him in order to save the world.