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Time Trap

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Mediocre time-travel sci-fi has violence, cursing.
  • NR
  • 2017
  • 87 minutes

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Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. 

Violence

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. 

Sex

Mom makes reference to walking in on her tween son masturbating in his bedroom. 

Language

Occasional profanity: "F--k," "s--t," "d--k," "suck." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Character references hippies who were "tripping shrooms." Marijuana leaf patch over a US flag. 

What 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. 

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What's the story?

In TIME TRAP, Hopper (Andrew Wilson), an archeology professor, has ventured into a cave in Texas in an attempt to look into the rumors of there being a fountain of youth deep within. When he goes missing, Taylor, Jackie (Brianne Howey), Cara (Cassidy Gifford), Veeves, and Furby venture off in search of their favorite professor. They find the cave, and upon their descent, they encounter problems. Their new ropes break, causing Taylor to break his wrist. There are mysterious screams and howls. Upon finding an alternate entrance, they discover that Furby, who was to stay aboveground, tried to descend the cave and fell to his death. They soon make the terrifying discovery that they have entered a kind of time warp in which seconds in the cave pass like years outside the cave. It's up to the group to figure out a way to find Professor Hopper and find a way back to their own time, or at least escape from the cave. 

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about science fiction movies. How does Time Trap compare to other science fiction films you've seen? 

  • How does this compare to other "time travel" movies you've seen? Why is time travel such a popular theme in books and movies?

  • Was the violence in the movie necessary to the story, or did it seem deliberately put in for excitement? 

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