Mega Time Squad…
New Zealand has a long and proud history of producing low key, good and funny genre mashups and Mega Time Squad joins that list.
Johnny (Tennet) is a small bag man, driver and all round shit kicker for gang boss Shelton (Jonny Brugh) whose gang rules the small town of Thames. After Shelton sends Johnny and his stoner mate to steal some money from the new Chinese crime gang that has sprung up, John comes across a magical bracelet and takes that along with the money. When activated the bracelet sends the wearer a few minutes back in time, Johnny finds this out, as his past self tells him what to do. Johnny does so and goes about trying to make everything right in his life with a little help from previous revisions of himself.
Director Tim Van Dammen wastes absolutely no time by laying down any rules – (that is of course except the threat of a demon that eats everything if you don’t get rid of the other you’s that are created) – and has fun with the time travel aspect. Time paradoxes are created (and no, I don’t know if the time travel science of this film holds up – that’s for someone that is smarter and has more time than I to figure out) and before long a whole bunch of Johnny’s are running around. Van Dammen has written a funny film, that when it hits its groove it rivals What We Do In The Shadows for laughs (The two films are wildly different but I am just using it because it’s an NZ film for comparison).
Tennet has a fun time in his role as Johnny, a likable guy with terrible decision making skills. A seemingly happy-go-lucky type, that takes the time travel aspect all in his stride. The films best role however is Shelton played by Jonny Brugh, if you can imagine your friends dad running a gang, then this is it. He hurls some very funny insults and the delivery is spot on.
The film starts out very strong but loses its way a little bit at the midway point, seemingly stuck in its own loop but it rights itself to have a decent if not low-key ending. Mega Time Squad in some ways feels bigger than its budget but without being over ambitious but most importantly it is entertaining film, that is worth your time.
Mega Time Squad is in Cinemas and on VOD February 15 (USA).
Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78