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5ive Days to Midnight 

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When college professor J.T. Neumeyer discovers a police file that outlines the details of his murder - which is to take place five days in the future - he wastes no time trying to save his own life.




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Series cast summary:
 Carl Axelrod 5 episodes, 2004
 Jesse Neumeyer 5 episodes, 2004
 Chantal Hume 5 episodes, 2004
David McIlwraith ...
 Brad Hume 5 episodes, 2004
 Tim Sanders 5 episodes, 2004
Nick Allen ...
 Policeman 5 episodes, 2004
Christine Anton ...
 Mrs. Silveira 5 episodes, 2004
 Jesse's Teacher 5 episodes, 2004
Blake Banbury ...
Paul Bittante ...
 Policeman 5 episodes, 2004
Lou Bollo ...
 Airport Screener 5 episodes, 2004
Laurie Brunetti ...
 Rental Car Manager 5 episodes, 2004
Bruce Clark ...
 Desk Sergeant 5 episodes, 2004
 Jan Westville 5 episodes, 2004
Samantha Crew ...
 Katherine Neumeyer 5 episodes, 2004
 Jay Simpson 5 episodes, 2004
Ashley Hale ...
 Annabel Westville 5 episodes, 2004
 Stefani the Rental Car Woman 5 episodes, 2004
Brock Johnson ...
 Bartender 5 episodes, 2004
 Coughing Man 5 episodes, 2004
 Student in Hall 5 episodes, 2004
 Art Major 5 episodes, 2004
 Dr. Fontaine 5 episodes, 2004
 Pale Man 5 episodes, 2004
 Policeman 5 episodes, 2004
 Rental Car Guy 5 episodes, 2004
 Dr. Dan Westville 5 episodes, 2004
Sydney Rae Sullivan ...
 Topanga Sanders 5 episodes, 2004
Nathalie Therriault ...
 Airport Security 5 episodes, 2004
 Mandy Murphy 5 episodes, 2004
 Paramedic 5 episodes, 2004
 Student #1 5 episodes, 2004
 Toy store clerk 5 episodes, 2004
 Steel Worker 5 episodes, 2004
 Bus driver 5 episodes, 2004
 Dottie Sikorski 3 episodes, 2004


While visiting the graveyard of his beloved wife with his daughter Jesse, the physics professor John T. Neumeyer finds a case with a police dossier relating his death in five days. He initially believes it is a sick prank from the brilliant but deranged physics student Carl Axelrod, but when a series of events related in the documents occur, he realizes that the file has been sent from the future. With the support of Detective Irwin Sikorski, whose name is indicated in the file as in charge of the investigation of his death, and suspecting of everybody including his girlfriend Claudia Whitney that has a blurred hidden past, J.T. tries to change the future and his fate. But Carl believes that any modification in the time-line will jeopardize mankind and the future of the planet. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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7 June 2004 (USA)  »

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(5 parts)

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1.78 : 1
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The events in the mini-series take place Monday, 7 June 2004 through Friday, 11 June 2004. The show premiered on the SciFi Channel (USA) on Monday, 7 June 2004 and consecutive episodes were shown each night through Friday, 11 June 2004 roughly following a real-time schedule. The fourth episode (with events ending at or slightly past 3.55am according to the script) was actually first shown at 9.00pm on Thursday, 10 June 2004, so the series did get ahead a bit. Additional date-specific product placements (for instance, a poster for The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), playing in theaters at the time, as seen on a slow pan at the university outside Neumeyer's office) and current popular culture references (for example, a reference to the popular show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), airing at the time on network TV) in conversation help reinforce this setup. See more »


Everything is happening in June, yet in the beginning of the first day everything looks like it's winter, with no leaves on the trees, the way people are dressed, and so on. The show was filmed during January/February 2004. See more »


References CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) See more »


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Dumbest Ending Since "The Stand"
11 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

My overall reaction is that I feel like I completely wasted five hours of my life watching this miniseries. While there were a few red flags in the beginning, the writing seemed to be carrying the movie. First, the red flags: the director had an extremely annoying habit of throwing in slow motion in places where it was completely out of place. Actually, there's almost never a reason for slow motion. Directors and writers don't normally write "This scene is done in slow motion" into the script. If the action in the take appears to be incredibly lame during the editing, they'll try a slow motion effect before throwing the scene away. So the high frequency of slow motion shots is a give away that the director is a hack.

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Other than the director's attempt to sabotage the movie, the writing was very good for the first 4 hours and 50 minutes. It wasn't typical Sci-Fi fare, but a seemingly well crafted murder mystery. The twist was that the victim was investigating his own murder. Not bad. But there was no mystery to the ending. It was the equivalent of having the cavalry ride in at the last minute, only dumber. There was no attempt to clean up the loose ends. No attempt to explain how the professor escaped his destiny. It might have been modestly satisfying if there was an attempt to explain how the future benefactor knew that a single bullet would be needed at the last moment.

Not since Steven King's "The Stand" was there a more disappointing ending to a promising story line.

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