5.29.2005

Time Enough At Last

Ticking clocks make one wish of melting clocks. For one man, time is trapped in a tortuous cycle. In Josh Finn’s “Time Enough At Last”, this man experiences a Twilight Zone moment and deep exploration of his past relationship with his father.
Our male protagonist works the odd hours of the day, starting in the evening to late at night. He smokes profusely to calm his racing mind, but his uneasiness and discomfort with himself is apparent through his eyes and narration to his sister through an email. His mind jumps into the past showing us an unattached father indulging blindly in his scripts. The father cares none for his son’s life. The site is heart breaking for the viewer seen through dim, green, shadowing light.
As the man makes his way out of the office building via elevator, he becomes trapped in a vortex of repetitive time that defies the laws of physics. His past has trapped him in a burning inferno of anger and hurt. He soon discovers what it means to have “time at last”.
Finn’s story covers at least two themes with interesting editing and lighting. The first is the obvious and most prominent, exploring the past’s ability to trap one in time. The other recognizes the time slaved at work and how days repeat the structure of time and the mentality in which people desire to escape but remain trapped in the cycle. The film expresses these themes professionally, but the acting is overdramatic weakening the message.
Finn is a professional filmmaker at the beginning of a career that can flourish the art and sustain an audience’s attention with pure enlightenment.

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