Release Date: October 25th, 2019
MPA Rating: PG-13 (for terror, violence, bloody images, suggestive material, language and thematic elements)
Runtime: 1 hr 30 min
Directed By: Justin Dec
Written By: Justin Dec
Starring: Elizabeth Lail, Anne Winters, Jordan Calloway, Tom Segura, Tichina Arnold, and Peter Facinelli
Countdown is about a phone app that is a killer to have. Those who download the app on their phone are told the year, day, and hour of their demise. With the background being given, lets discuss the people the film focuses on.
The movie’s main character is Quinn (Elizabeth Lail), a registered nurse who meets a frightened patient, and has her life changed forever. The patient (Dillion Lane) is frantic about an app he downloaded on his phone that is telling him that he is going to die during his scheduled surgery. Before this, his girlfriend met a similar fate in her bathroom. Quinn tries to comfort him and has made the same mistake of downloading the app on her phone. The patient dies just as the app said, and Quinn begins to be a bit frantic herself.
In her effort to defeat the app, she is joined by her sister, (Talitha Eliana Bateman) and they meet Matt (Jordan Calloway) who is also being affected by the app. They ask the store owner to help them, which leads them to seeking out a priest. The man in cloth, played by P.J. Byrne, believes a demon curse or something else is behind it all.
The rest of the movie shows their race against time to defeat the app.
The concept for Countdown is a pretty good one, considering the age we are in with technology. Maybe the movie is trying to send a message about being too infatuated with our cell phones. I don’t know, but if not, then maybe it should have.
Besides this, the movie is a bit plain in the scare category. Nothing extreme happens, but there are jump scares. At times, there are attempts for the movie to have humorous moments, that don’t really work.
Overall, I would say it’s an ok movie, with a pretty good concept. Unfortunately, the director and writers could have taken Countdown down a different path, but instead, stayed with one that played it too safe. This is not a movie I would went to watch twice or more. Once was enough, and that’s why it receives a mediocre rating from me.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars