Needle in a Timestack review: A time-travel romance about messy men
“Why are men?” seems like a provocative question, but it’s an incredibly reasonable response to John Ridley’s sci-fi romance Needle in a Timestack. The film introduces time-travel to a world, but promptly rejects it as a way to save past lives, create world peace, or stop a humanity-ending virus. (Who cares about other people, you know?) Instead, Ridley offers up a spiritual successor to stories like The Time-Traveler’s Wife and About Time, in which time-travel is used to further sentimental ideas about soulmates, monogamy, and fate.
Admittedly, that’s an appreciable change of pace from the doom and gloom usually associated with time-travel, as in the Terminator franchise, The Tomorrow War, or 12 Monkeys. But Needle in a Timestack lacks the interior worldbuilding necessary to pull off its heartstring-tugging intentions, and …
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