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TimeLock (2013)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 23 August 2013 (UK)
Tartan-Noir, crime thriller about a botched robbery, a safe that won't open and lives that have gone off the tracks.


David Griffith


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John C. Gilmour John C. Gilmour ... Mark Kerr
Alton Milne ... Callum Coyne
Danielle Stewart Danielle Stewart ... Maria
Leo Horsfield Leo Horsfield ... Stuart Riley
Jess-Luisa Flynn Jess-Luisa Flynn ... Chelsea
Natalie Clark Natalie Clark ... Fiona Kerr
Hamish Wilson Hamish Wilson ... Donald
Steven Clelland Steven Clelland ... Drunk Delegate
Lauren Lamarr Lauren Lamarr ... Drunk Delegate
David Powell David Powell ... General Manager
Xaviera McLaughlin Xaviera McLaughlin ... Chambermaid
Vince Docherty Vince Docherty ... Detective Inspector
Gerry Hay Gerry Hay ... Police Marksman
Barry Laird Barry Laird ... Security Guard
Jason Pickering Jason Pickering ... Jason Kerr


Mark Kerr is a jaded hotel manager with a gambling addiction, sleepwalking through his life, until he is targeted by criminals and forced to participate in a jewellery heist at the conference hotel where he works. Held through the night in the basement of the hotel, waiting for the time-lock on the safe to open, Mark's prospects of surviving his ordeal take a deadly turn when his captor realises he has met Mark before. Written by TimeLock Media

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Waiting is a killer


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

23 August 2013 (UK) See more »

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Timelock Media,Autonomi See more »
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16:9 HD
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Micro-budget noir a Lesson in style and storytelling.
10 December 2014 | by Grant ReidSee all my reviews

To summarise watching this film succinctly, prepare for a lot of head-shaking and sighing.

That's nothing to do with the production- in fact, it's remarkably stylish on such a small budget- but everything our characters do simply fall into the frustrating category of 'I wish I'd done that differently...'

But that's what makes the film achieve so much with so little resources. Understated credit where understated credit is due. Timelock, the directorial debut of Bafta-nominated producer David Griffith, proves that you don't need a big budget to create a tense world. If anything, the intimacy adds to the danger our hero (heroes?) are in.

The lead cast are a pleasant surprise as well. John C. Gilmour's subtle approach to Mark is a nice touch and it's no surprise Alton Milne is drawing comparisons to Ewan McGregor with a hint of James McAvoy.

Perhaps the favourite part of the feature for me was the set-up of the CCTV cameras around the hotel building. The attention to temporal-spatial awareness adds to the realistic feel of the dark drama, traversing through often empty corridors and opening doors that, for our characters, would be best untouched.

Although, it must be admitted, Timelock isn't for everyone. If you're used to quirky CGI and special effects, this really isn't for you. But for those with ambitions to enter the industry this is a lesson on what's important to successful film-making.

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