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Riley Brown is a regular teenage girl, except for the fact that she is able to to go back in time and change her past. Jay who is a concerned friend is the only person she has told about her time traveling ability. When going back or 'rewinding', Riley takes physical damage to her body such as head aches, nose bleeds and even coughing blood. She also risks altering other events she did not intend to. Over the series she learns that she can't always change the inevitable with her abilities, but still tries to.Written by
Pieter van Burick
All school scenes were recorded at Royal High School in Simi Valley, California See more »
In Act 5, when Riley does her big rewind to where Act 1 begins, she passes through the memory of Jay and Quinn having their 'smoke break'. However, that particular timeline that she rewound through was one where Riley tries to save Angela's life the final time, stopping Jay and Quinn ever meeting, let alone having their 'smoke break'. See more »
A great independent story, well produced and well balanced.
As a long time fan of both Anna and Ray, I was expecting myself to be bias as i was awaiting the release of Riley Rewind therefore I watched it with a purely critical mind.
The concept of a high school teen that can inexplicably 'rewind' time can be misread as cheesy or cliché, but with minimal amounts of verisimilitude the narrative of this story really comes to light. Although there is the occasional cliché moment, (it is set in a high school so what can you expect) The introduction of serious hard hitting subjects negates them into creating a continuous balance throughout the film giving it a really fun yet serious feel. The story, yet being rather simple at the beginning; soon unfolds to be a great climax which had me debating my own morals somewhat.
In terms of production quality, I was impressed by how great it look aesthetically. There are blatant traits of 'semi-low-budget-independent- ness' but this is not a flaw in their film, as the special effects looked believable where placed; the camera framing was good; lighting was well coordinated. It could easily be mistaken for something on a high quality TV show. It's well paced , although scenes can feel a little jumpy at some points, as it can quickly move from scene to scene.
Regarding possible cons, there are some minor elements that could be improved upon, for example the overused repetition of the soundtrack theme; the interaction between characters in a dialogue can feel somewhat staged sometimes. But these are minor, and they will surely learn from this experience and get better and better.
In conclusion, definitely worth watching. The narrative is captivating, the production value was great, the acting was good; and it all came together for a brilliant piece of film.
I'm very impressed with Runaway Machine on their first project, and I hope to see more of them in the future!
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