Mega Time Squad
ALT | Altered States
In Tim van Dammen’s high-concept action-comedy, the mind-bending power of time travel falls into the incredibly irresponsible hands of John (Anton Tennet), a small criminal fish in a puddle of a New Zealand backwater. Before he realizes the ramifications of his newfound ability to leap to and fro along the timeline, he’s inadvertently amassed a small army of temporally displaced doppelgängers. What else is an ambitious hooligan to do but form a gang of "himselves" in hopes that it might even the odds against Shelton (What We Do in the Shadow’s Jonny Brugh), the aggrieved crime lord who’s gunning for him? Of course, this "army of me" also suddenly saddles him with a legion of romantic rivals for the affections of Kelly (Hetty Gaskell-Hahn), Shelton’s no-nonsense sister. As an uproariously clumsy game of cat and mouse ensues, van Dammen’s sharp scripting is abetted by formidable visual wit.
"Delightfully dorky… A grounded sci-fi mini-odyssey with lots of creativity and even more laugh-out-loud gags. Owing itself to references like Highlander and Looper, [it boasts] a dry sense of humor that’s prominent during its cartoonish course of events and nifty visual comedy."—Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com
"Cut fast and loose, it repeatedly wrong-foots the viewer with surreal narrative surprises, while making hilarious sport of all its characters’ narrow horizons and parochial values."—Anton Bitel, SciFiNow