Friday, January 31, 2014

Seconds Apart - Review - @BrandonCSites / #AfterDarkFilms


Seconds Apart (2011) **1/2
D: José Antonio Negret
C: Edmund Entin, Gary Entin, Orlando Jones, Samantha Droke, Louis Herthum, Morgana Shaw, Gabe Begneaud, Kent Jude Bernard
P: A pair of telekinetic twins use their powers to murder anyone who poses a threat to them, staging it to appear as a suicide. A hot headed detective suspects there is more to these "suicides" and starts digging around.


Intriguing film starts out promisingly enough with a disturbing set piece, but as the film progresses, the film places too much emphasis on a detective character (played by Orlando Jones). As a result, it takes away from the screen time of the Entin twins. 

There is something undeniably creepy about the twins. Whenever Seconds Apart focuses on the family dynamic between the twins and the mayhem that they engage themselves in, Seconds Apart delivers truly unsettling suspense. However, when the film shifts focus from the twins to the detective, Seconds Apart loses momentum. 

The Entin twins are the heart and soul of Seconds Apart. There is something uniquely fascinating about the twins and their story. I wanted to look inside their world and explore it. I wanted to see all the intricacies and nuances of the twins day to day lives. I wanted to know more about them.

Seconds Apart gets cluttered with unnecessary plot points involving the detective that take away from allowing the story with the twins to unfold in a more meaningful way. Seconds Apart is guilty of the worst crime. It undermines its own potential by taking away the focus from what is the film's most fascinating aspect, the Entin twins. Instead, they try to find ways to give Orlando Jones more screen time when his character is nowhere near as engrossing. [R] 89 mins.

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