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2:22

2:22
Magnolia Home Entertainment

New York City air traffic controller Dylan Branson (Michael Huisman) obviously loves his job. It’s a high pressure, intense, ballet of intricate, yet subtle shifts in time signatures that keep the massive number of aircraft arriving and departing without incident. Branson thrives in this environment, until one day, at precisely 2:22 pm, he is distracted for a few crucial seconds and nearly allows two passenger planes to collide. Although he regains his composure and manages to prevent the disaster, this near miss results in what Branson considers well-deserved suspension pending investigation.

Freed from his routine, Branson takes note of the eerie repetition of events that all seem to occur at precisely the same moment everyday – 2:22 pm. As he examines these patterns further he encounters a beautiful woman named Sarah (Teresa Palmer), who just happened to be a passenger on one of the planes involved in the near miss. From that point the story turns to an examination of the conflict between fate and free will through a series of Deja Vu encounters.

There are some absolutely breathtaking moments in this film. The aerial ballet segment is lovely, and it is fun to watch the obvious chemistry between Huisman and Palmer, particularly if you are a fan of romantic thrillers. Yes, there are also a few ‘oh, come on,’ god-machine moments, which in retrospect aren’t all that out of whack, since the film deals a great deal with the intervention of fate into our ordinary lives. But those are easy to overlook, as the action builds to to satisfying, not entirely predictable conclusion.

Bottom line: I liked 2:22, a lot. Not sure I’d plop down $12 to see it at the cineplex, but for a romantic evening on the couch with your significant other, it’s certainly a worthwhile rental.