Review – Premature (2014)

Time Loop Review #04

Type of Time Loop: Various, dictated by specific action.

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The next film on my list was going to be Nickelodeon’s 2007 TV movie, The Last Day of Summer, but the only form of watching the movie was to purchase it at full price on Amazon Prime. A Nickelodeon kids TV movie for $15+ to own forever? No thank you. I think I’ll chalk that up to a favorable loss. Instead, we move onto Premature, which can currently be seen on Netflix, if anyone is interested.

This is one of the many movies on my list that I haven’t actually seen or even heard about. This is somewhat surprising as I try to keep comprised of every basic movie released since I started reviewing movies. This one missed my radar entirely, and it’s been defined as a Groundhog Day meets American Pie comedy, which on it’s own sounds promising and terrifying at the same time.

A high school senior has to re-live losing his virginity over and over again until he gets it right, with the right girl. – IMDb

PEOPLE – 11/20 (55%)

Acting – 2/4 | Characters – 2/4 |Casting – 2/4 | Importance – 2/4 | Chemistry – 3/4

We start with the people category, which is rather disappointing. One of the most important elements in any time loop movie is the characters because you’re going to see be seeing them…a lot. So, if you don’t warm up to them early on, you most likely never will. The only thing that stands out here, albeit slightly, is the chemistry. These characters do work well together as a whole, but when it comes down to the romantic angle, we weren’t given enough time for that relationship to actually grow or flourish. It mostly feels sprung upon us…even though it is rather predictable. Everything else in this category is so bland and forgettable, it mostly just feels safe. On one hand, nothing is notably horrible. On the other hand…everyone is instantly forgettable.

WRITING – 6/10 (60%)

Dialogue – 1/2 | Balance – 1/2 | Story Depth – 1/2 | Originality – 1/2 | Interesting – 2/2

Much like the people category, there’s much to be excited for when it comes to writing. Nothing really stands out… again. It’s easy enough to say the concept alone is interesting enough to watch, but writing is so much more than mere concept alone. For a comedy, it severely lacks in dialogue, so no good jokes, the balance of the film is lacking because the main character has no real specific goals – even though he did have opportunity for two specific goals, they are never really focused on. The bones of a meaningful deep story is somewhere, but no way is it really focused on. As for originality, no, clearly not, but being a modern teen comedy does make it feel slightly fresh in some ways.

BTS – 7/10 (70%)

Visuals – 1/2 | Cinematography – 1/2 | Editing – 2/2 | Advertising – 2/2 | Music/Sound – 1/2

As with any modern comedy, you don’t truly expect much out of this category. Sometimes, you’ll get something wonderful, and sometimes you won’t. Comedies don’t focus so much on technical aspects like this, which is why you almost never see them in awards ceremonies. Truthfully, Premature was decent here. Not fantastic, but slightly better than what you may expect, and that’s mostly due to editing. The transition for the reset is both clever, humorous, and altogether edited nicely, as well as the following morning routines that it often has to zip through to effectively tell its story. The visuals were okay, though I wish they expanded on the locations in the high school, making the location a character – which could’ve bumped that score up, too, but it never quite rose to that level. Cinematography is fine, nothing spectacular, it was as advertised, and the music and sound was only good enough for the movie to fit in and keep the tone it was originally going for.

NARRATIVE ARC – 8/10 (80%)

Introduction – 2/2 | Inciting Incident – 2/2 | Obstacles – 1/2 | Climax – 1/2 | Resolution – 2/2

Moving right along, we are now met with, arguably, the easiest category to score full points in. When movies don’t score full points here, the blame usually falls with the writing or flat characters that are so two-dimensional that they simply can’t effectively further the plot of a story because they have no goals – which incidentally is exactly what we have here – characters that are almost completely unmotivated and are once again ruled by their environment, ie, a magical time loop. Other than a slightly anticlimactic ending, everything else is mostly fine for this category.

ENTERTAINMENT – 3/10 (30%)

Rewatchability – 1/2 | Fun Experience – 2/2 | Impulse/Buy – 0/2 | Impulse/Talk – 0/2 | Sucks You In – 0/2

As per usual with these lesser-known time loop films, it lacks in the entertainment category, and it’s usually for the same reasons. These lesser-knowns often fail to excite you when it comes to caring for the characters or the story when you actually sit down and think about it for a moment. Yes, yes you can absolutely have a good time while watching the film, but in all honesty, that fun experience is a short-lived one, and almost immediately gone the minute the film ends. Would I rewatch it? I suppose, based solely on the concept alone, since there is little to no redeeming qualities past it. Remove the time loop, and you have one very forgottable film.

SPECIALTY – 25/40 (62.5%)

Comedy – 5/10 | Romance – 5/10 | Time Loop – 5/10 | Halfway Decent – 10/10

As it is a comedy, how do the jokes hit? Well, comedy is subjective, so I know it won’t affect everyone the same, but I can tell you that it uses cheap teenage jokes to thrill its audience, and the selection of people that think that’s funny isn’t very wide. Romance-wise, there’s a slight amount of chemistry and romance that I did enjoy and even was done well, but the focus was so extremely slim that it really makes no difference and that alone feels so imbalanced…for no good reason. As a time loop movie, it essentially follows the right pattern and does the right stuff, but again, it has very little heart and you won’t remember it for very long. Halfway Decent? Sure, I think the filmmakers ultimately made the movie they wanted to make.

Total Score – 60%

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