Movie time travelers have traditionally been leading men. Handsome dudes, you know Rod Taylor (The Time Machine), Malcolm McDowell (Time After Time), Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future), Bruce Willis (Looper) and on and on … it’s a long list, even Bill Murray is in there with Groundhog Day.
So when it comes to the protagonist in director George Moïse’s Counter Clockwise, whose name is Ethan (played by Michael Kopelow — The Stoned Age), we get the decidedly unexpected; a nebbish.
Artsploitation Films has tabbed Dec. 13 as the domestic DVD debut date for Counter Clockwise.
Ethan is science whiz who is hard at work with some sort of teleportation gizmo (think: Vincent Price and The Fly) — you know, transporting an object from point A to point B — when we are introduced to him and his lab partner, Ceil (Alice Rietveld). The backstory has him married to Tiffany (no offense Ethan, but she seems way out of your league), has a sister named Fiona (Kerry Knuppe) and a one-eyed dog named Charlie.
Without telling Ceil, he decides to try out the machine on Charlie. Poof, Charlie’s gone! The little pooch doesn’t go from point A to point B like a Fed-Ex delivery, but simply vanishes. It is just about that moment in time that you’re thinking that the ASPCA needs to be called in on this rat of a human being when Charlie reappears.
So what does any good scientist do when something scary like that happens? That scenario would bore you to tears, so Ethan does what any good “mad scientist” would do … he tries the machine out on himself! Poof! Ethan is gone!
This is where Counter Clockwise become inventive, a sci-fi mystery if you will. Ethan arrives in the future, at his lab, which has been shut down. He quickly discovers that he is wanted for the murders of both his wife and his sister and to make matters worse, he’s got two crazed killers out to do him in (he has no clue as to who they are). He and Ceil haven’t invented a teleportation device, but a time machine.
The only good news is that he is able to find Ceil — the future Ceil — and she too is And she realizes that they’ve invented a time machine and that device will be Ethan’s salvation.convinced that Ethan didn’t murder his wife or sister.
If you are familiar with Tom Cruise’s character in Edge of Tomorrow, he goes back in time (over and over again) and gets smarter each time, learns new things and is finally able to solve the puzzle that he is faced with. Ethan, sadly, is no Tom Cruise. He has to go back in time, undo the murders, find the real killer and not get killed by the assassins that are after him or captured by the police. Good luck Ethan!