Updated: Sep 4, 2020
Directed by: Gus Holwerda
Written by: Gus Holwerda
Starring: Jason Spisak, Leeann Dearing, Abe Ruthless, Jose Rosete, James Morrison
Wouldn't it be great to travel through time? Who knows what humanity could achieve with that ability. It would be fantastic! Or would it be catastrophic?
Intersect is a science fiction, thriller that involves three young scientists who have managed to create a time machine, but things don't go according to plan. Ryan (Spisak), the main character, is a scientist at Miskatonic University and along with fellow scientists Nate (Ruthless) and Caitlin (Dearing), has managed to find a way to make time-travelling possible. But their success brings great danger, as it has also brought evil entities into their world.
The film has a nonlinear narrative. It starts off as a mystery with a terrible event taking place and one that is not fully understood by the viewer. The film then cuts back in time again and again, showing sequences that contain events that took place before the events seen previously, therefore having a story structure similar to Memento (2000). By utilising this form of storytelling, Intersect forces the audience to pick up the right clues in the scenes they see now, in order to fully understand the scenes they witnessed before. The story begins by showing that the three main characters are successful scientists, and goes back and back in time, revealing how they struggled to reach their goal and eventually reaching their childhood.
Although the main theme is time travel, the plot has an undercurrent of the experience of loss. Throughout the film, poor Ryan loses people that he cares about and the script includes many emotional scenes of mourning, adding a good deal of drama. Additionally, in the sequences where the heroes are children, the tone of the sci-fi thriller changes significantly, turning into a story about childhood by depicting scenes of school romance and bullying. And unfortunately (and not wanting to be too critical) the child actors give the impression that they could have done a better job.
On the plus side, the movie is generally interesting to watch. The time machine itself looks amazing and resembles the one in Stargate (1994). Spisak and Dearing portray interesting and likeable individuals, but Ruthless steals the show as the talkative, fun-loving scientist who does not take himself very seriously. Rosete is equally entertaining as the psychotic, preaching madman. The sinister entities that inhabit another world look terrifying, sort of like giant insects. Unfortunately, they are only seen briefly but are a great addition and the place where they come from appears like a darkened hell. The #filmmakers have done an outstanding job with the CGI.
Although the narrative seems to have issues with its structure and the ending is a bit disappointing, Intersect offers an interesting, touching and amusing experience.