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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A character perseveres investigating a mystery despite potential danger. A character displays empathy when they become concerned about the behavior of their partner.
Positive Role Models
Distracted at work, Dylan almost causes two planes to collide. He shows remorse and concern. When he predicts a potential disaster, he throws himself into uncovering the mystery. Sarah is Dylan's girlfriend. She is both understanding and concerned when his infatuation with the mystery causes obsessive behavior. Jonas is a jealous ex-lover who displays violent and threatening behavior.
The (small) main cast is all White and straight with no prominent people of color and no LGBTQ+ representation. Some diversity within the supporting cast. The main female character, though given a fair share of screen time, has little to do. A character says, "You know what they call people who see patterns in everything," to imply a character has an unspecified mental illness that is causing delusions.
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Violence & Scariness
Scenes of panic when characters pull out handguns in a train station and lights explode. Characters are shot and one is killed by police. A violent car crash with the impact shown from inside the car leads to bloody wounds, screaming, and distress. Characters fight. A jealous character tries to force their ex to be with them and gets violent when they refuses, threatening their life. Photo of murder victim. A character contemplates suicide at the edge of a rooftop.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character kiss and undress. They are shown in bed for a non-explicit sex scene, which involves them rolling around in bed with nakedness implied rather than shown. Two men discuss smelling a woman and suggest she's either "in love" or "in lust."
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Infrequent language includes "bitch," "bastard," "bulls--t," and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
A Bering watch gets a lot of screen time. Various airline logos are visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer, wine, and spirits in a bar and wine with dinner. Characters leave a bar to smoke cigarettes, though no smoking is actually shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 2:22 is a mystery thriller with some violence, peril, and non-graphic sex. After nearly causing a mid-air collision between two planes, air traffic controller Dylan Branson (Michiel Huisman) starts to spot patterns in everyday life and predicts a deadly occurrence due at 2:22pm each day. The recurring action takes place at New York's Grand Central Terminal rail station and features panic, explosions, and guns. Characters are shot with one being shot and killed by police. As well as the near-miss plane accident, there is a graphic car crash, with the impact filmed from inside the vehicle. Dylan and his girlfriend, Sarah (Teresa Palmer), share a non-explicit sex scene in bed, with their naked bodies covered with sheets. Sarah's jealous ex, Jonas (Sam Reid), displays violent and threatening behavior. Language includes "bitch," "bastard," and "bulls--t." A character alludes to having a mental illness, but is non-specific. A man contemplates suicide at the edge of a rooftop but decides against it. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The ultra-glossy look of this movie makes every scene feel like a perfume commercial (or when Dylan's checking his glimmering Bering timepiece, a watch advertisement). There's nothing wrong with a good-looking film, but 2:22's model looks are paired with a shallow storyline with as much depth to match a perfume ad. The science fiction and fantasy element is the movie's weakest link, but to its credit, it still wraps up nicely. As a young teen's first step into fantasy time-loop mystery movies, it should pass the time pleasantly. But anyone expecting it to measure up to Groundhog Day, Source Code, or Edge of Tomorrow will find it lacking. It doesn't have the wit, depth, or intelligence to reach those high benchmarks.
An Australian movie filmed in New York, the largely Australian cast provide a mixed bag of performances. Some accents are shaky but that's made up for with a couple of standouts. Palmer gives her all to play Sarah, a character who unfortunately amounts to little more than a concerned onlooker. Along the way it's clear 2:22 was planned as a slow-burning mystery. But Huisman's voiceover is more detached and disinterested than enigmatic and compelling. Ultimately, the sub-par writing, pacing, and pixel-perfect sheen add up to very little.
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