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ARQ (2016)

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Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, a disoriented couple fends off masked raiders while harboring a new energy source that could save humanity.

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Tony Elliott

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Tony Elliott
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robbie Amell ... Renton
Rachael Taylor ... Hannah
Shaun Benson ... Sonny
Gray Powell ... Father
Jacob Neayem ... Brother
Adam Butcher ... Cuz
Tantoo Cardinal ... The Pope
Nicolas Van Burek ... News Anchor (voice)
Jamie Spilchuk ... Mobius Common (voice)
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Storyline

Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, a disoriented couple fends off masked raiders while harboring a new energy source that could save humanity.

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Арка See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While the pope is talking, she says what happened in Australia could happen in the continental United States, and references not being able to step foot on radioactive soil, this could be a reference to mad max. See more »

Goofs

Ren and Hannah discover the ring of petrified grass outside the house and make the statement that the time loop is contained to only inside the perimeter of that ring An aerial shot then shows the ring going around the house, hence the boundary of the time loops. When Sonny calls Torus for extraction, they are outside of the time loop and would be getting hundreds of calls. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Renton: You okay?
[flex-cuffs zipping]
Father: That guy you fried with your clever little trap? That was our cousin.
Brother: Cuz.
Father: That's Brother. Sonny. You can call me Father. And you two? You two are the kids.
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Referenced in The Chronic Rift: Time Loop-de-Loops (2018) See more »

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Arq arq arq!
20 September 2016 | by begobSee all my reviews

A man no sooner wakes up beside a sleeping woman than a bunch of masked thugs breaks in and kills him. The man then wakes up beside the sleeping woman and again the thugs break in and kill him. And so on ...

Very pacy time looper with good, evenly spaced twists that keep the interest up. It is all fiction and not so much with the science, which is black-box nonsense. As usual there is the exposition scene, where the incredible complexity of the concept of time travel is delivered through ... a doodle made with a pencil and a piece of paper (well, not quite paper). Also it has several rabbit holes and implausibilities, but still the ride is entertaining, with plenty of blood and violence. But in the end it's not quite satisfying, and clearly sets up for endless iterations in a TV series (fingers crossed).

The performances are good. The actress is hard to judge, and there was one extended close up on her reactions that mixed the subtle and unsubtle. You judge. Best performance is the villain, whose part was well written compared to the fake romance of the two leads.

Didn't notice much about the sound. Cinematography was good, and the shifty (not shaky) cam was well judged.

Overall: fast and furious, but ultimately fluffy.


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