Movie Review: ‘7 Minutes’

Many of us probably take time for granted. We wake, go to work, grab a bite or two, maybe spend time with friends or loved ones, go home, go to bed, all the while wasting minutes or even hours on nothing special. But our whole world could change in an instant and we cannot reclaim those minutes once they are past. A lot can happen in as little as 7 Minutes.

In 7 Minutes, we are introduced to three friends as they begin to execute a robbery based on a simple plan, “in and out in seven minutes”. If only it were that easy. These seven minutes are far from heaven for the friends while flashbacks slowly reveal their motives for the robbery and unexpected twists increase the tension as the clock ticks away.

Luke Mitchell (The Tomorrow People, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) plays Sam, the de facto leader of the trio, recently unemployed with a pregnant girlfriend (Leven Rambin, True Detective) who works as a waitress for a local diner. Needless to say, they are strapped for cash. His co-conspirators are his long-time friends Mike (Jason Ritter, Parenthood and Girls) and Owen (Zane Holtz, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and TV’s From Dusk till Dawn); both of whom have their own issues they are trying to work out.

Each character gets at least of few minutes in their own flashback scene(s) that reveals a little about their lives, their connections to other characters and the main plot, and their reasons for the way they act. The present robbery is where the suspense and fast-paced action lies, while the flashbacks contain most of the drama; some of which slows the movie down, while others are almost as fast-paced as the main plot. It forms a nice pattern that is fairly easy to follow; though some of the time jumps from flashback to flashback could be a bit jarring or confusing for a brief moment.

The acting is engaging, with one or two exceptions; for example, while Jerome’s (the cop played by Brandon Hardesty) scenes were stirring, they didn’t add very much to the overall narrative other than a distraction from other more surprising twists. It was a treat to see Kris Kristofferson, but it was almost a blink-and-you-miss-it character. The stylish filming/editing is stunning and the music compliments the film nicely. This is a fairly respectable debut from first time writer/director Jay Martin.

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