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Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability of being forced to prevent deaths and catastrophes by being sent back in time before the incident occurred, repeating time until the accident is prevented. One day, he gets involved in an accident that has him framed as a murderer. Desperate to save the victim, he sends himself back in time only to find himself as a grade-schooler one month before fellow classmate Kayo Hinazuki went missing. Satoru now embarks on a new quest: to save Kayo and solve the mystery behind her disappearance.
Ugh. This film is just torturous. It feels like a regular TV drama episode dragged out to become a movie.
The concept is nothing new with having "deja vu/time travel/groundhog day", I knew that going in, but I was interested how they would differentiate with that concept from others, but this film is just a mess/all over the place/snorefest and takes so much time on the most mundane boring scenes. I was waiting the whole time thinking the movie would get better, but it didn't. The film doesn't even take the "Deja vu" concept much at all - it's so poorly done.
Maybe the first few minutes of the film seemed like it was going somewhere, but after he goes back to his childhood, it's just a major snorefest downhill from there. It never gets better and the ending is the worst.
It spends way too much on this sappy drama of being in childhood, befriending/preventing a classmate from being abused.
The biggest problem is it's never explained how he got this supernatural power and how exactly it works - it just happens conveniently whenever it wants to. I can suspend some disbelief, but when there is no basic set of rules or anything laid out, the film becomes weak and boring.
If you really want to watch a film about deja vu/time travel, watch: Butterfly Effect, Frequency, Predestination, Groundhog Day, Source Code, Edge of Tomorrow, Looper.
I believe this film is also based on an anime. I really don't care for anime and maybe it works as a comic book, but the pacing of this film is just super dragged out and it's just not exciting at all.
The lamest part of all is how much mumble jumble boring exposition of them telling instead of just showing it.
I'm giving it an extra star just because Kasumi Arimura is super cute. That's all.
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