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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Tween boy falls when descending into a cave with a rope and the rope snaps; knocked out, presumed dead. Characters fight cavemen with punches, kicks, rocks. Image of conquistador impaling a stick through the neck of his enemy. Characters get injured while trying to explore a cave. Sci-fi peril -- characters appear to be attacked by aliens in one scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mom makes reference to walking in on her tween son masturbating in his bedroom.
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Occasional profanity: "F--k," "s--t," "d--k," "suck."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character references hippies who were "tripping shrooms." Marijuana leaf patch over a US flag.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Time Trap is a 2017 sci-fi movie in which a group of students are stuck in a cave where years pass in seconds. Some sci-fi and action violence. Characters battle cavemen with rocks, punches, kicks. A tween boy is presumed dead after his rope breaks while descending into the cave. Image of a conquistador impaling a stick through the throat of his enemy. Infrequent profanity, including "f--k, "s--t," "d--k," "suck." Mother of tween boy makes reference to recently walking in on her son masturbating in his room. Drug references -- talk of hippies who were "tripping shrooms," characters find an old VW van with an American flag inside with a marijuana leaf image sewn into the middle. This is low-budget sci-fi best for teens and older. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is an interesting concept that falls short in the execution. While Time Trap makes a lot happen on a low budget, the story leaves a lot of potential unexplored. The very best science fiction isn't about the largest budget or the best special effects -- it's about taking the concept and fully exploring all of the ramifications of that concept. In the future, there are both cavemen and astronauts, and rural Texas is filled with tumbleweeds and brambles. There's no explanation of why this is -- the vague hints of there being a sequel at the end don't offer much in the way of resolution. It leaves far too much out there somewhere in the proverbial space/time continuum.
The acting is decent, if not exceptional, but the dialogue has some moments that come off as forced attempts at levity during moments of life-or-death conflict and danger. Not to spoil anything, but the ending is a little too convenient, and the characters are a little too happy with where they find themselves. The result is a movie that's merely so-so.
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