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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

Writer:

Tony Elliott
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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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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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In an early scene (-1:19:43) when Hannah and Renton are attempting to escape while Father, Brother and Sonny are in the kitchen, you can clearly hear a broadcast in the background. In a section introduced by the phrase "Listen to the wise words of a madman," the speaker begins to cite one of Nietzsche's most famous summaries of his notion of the Eternal Recurrence. The citation is from a translation of Nietzsche's Die fröhliche Wissenschaft ("The Gay Science") #341 (Das grösste Schwergewicht = "The Greatest Weight").. This is the beginning of that passage from one translation: "What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you have to live once more and innumerable times...'" See more »

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First she says she was in interrogation 6 months, later she says 5 months. See more »

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[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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Wasn't expecting much and got a whole lot more
3 October 2016 | by professorjeffreypbrownSee all my reviews

ARQ is a low budget film made in Canada without any big name stars. Often when I watch such sci-fi films i'm disappointed, as poor acting, plot, or cheep sets get in the way. However, ARQ was very well acted and the low budget didn't distract. I'd say it was the adequate lighting that kept one in the film and not distracted (see Synchronicity for details).

The movie focuses on a couple that experiences their own Groundhog Day over and over again. But unlike Bill Murray, it's not about getting the girl or getting the hell out of the ensuing boredom, but doing what is necessary to avoid major catastrophe. I won't say what that is as it would ruin the film.

The re-tellings have enough variety with each go-through adding more to the plot twist to keep the viewer engaged. I didn't find myself looking at my phone or seeking other distractions, as I am want to do with less captivating films, so the story line was well constructed and the acting good enough to be engaging.

Overall, quite an enjoyable viewing. Highly recommended on all accounts.


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English

Release Date:

16 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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