Countdown: the time of your death & starf; & starf;
Address: Justin Dec
Distribution: Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Bateman, Peter Facinelli
Duration: 90 minutes
Gender: Horror thriller
Premiere: April 1, 2020 (exclusive to Prime Video)
Terror has always been a reflection of the anxieties of every cultural and social moment. That is why in recent years the disturbing stories about mobile appsLittle inventions of the devil that affect our lives mostly for the worse. The great episode ‘Plummeting’ by ‘Black mirror’ He took advantage of the anxiety derived from strips, balloons and pings. Lately we have seen (or not) several film B series about apps from hell, such as ‘Bedeviled’, ‘Antisocial.app’, the one explicitly titled ‘Killer app’ and the one released in theaters in many countries, but here directly on Prime Video, ‘Countdown: The time of your death’.
In this first feature by the director-screenwriter Justin Dec, the Countdown app lets the curious poor know when they are going to die and leaves a countdown at their fingertips as a nice reminder. If they try to avoid their destiny, it will be of little use: they will meet death anyway. Almost no one who unsubscribes complains about WhatsApp groups again.
The heroine of this ‘Final Destination’ (software) update is a young nurse, Quinn (Elizabeth Lail), who is haunted by problems at work (a doctor with long hands), at home (a rebellious little sister) and, now, also on her mobile. When he downloads Countdown to clarify his intuitions about the death of a patient, he discovers that he has two days to live. In his search for a remedy, he will have the support of another young man, Matt (Jordan Calloway), which according to the app has it even worse: it will clap a couple of hours before Quinn.
The basic idea was attractive and had potential. But after a prologue as tense as it is elegant, with certain airs of ‘It follows’, it is understood that this is not about playing with doubt and expectation; of leaving a field open to our imagination as we are led slowly but inexorably toward a final revelation. This is just one cheap scare after another, something that can be okay if not done this badly. And with the entry into play of a geek priest (PJ Byrne) as out of the worst movie of Kevin Smith, everything definitely loses any suggestive capacity.
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