Directed By: Justin Dec
Starring: Elizabeth Lail, Jordan Calloway, Talitha Bateman, Peter Facinelli, Dillon Lane, Tichina Arnold, Matt Letscher, PJ Byrne, et.al.
After a patient tries canceling a necessary surgery, nurse Quinn Harris and her colleagues download an app that the patient had been talking about, which is supposed to predict the exact time a person is supposed to die. Learning she only has a few days left to live, Quinn initially tries to brush off the app as a hoax, but upon learning of the patient’s death, Quinn cancels plans she had with her sister and father, and is informed that she has broken the user agreement attached to the app. Shortly thereafter, she begins being haunted by demonic visions, and tries her best to find out what the notification means. Her search brings her into contact with Matt, another person who received the user agreement notice and is similarly haunted by demonic visions. Together, they try to find the cause of their visions, and, if possible, a way to defeat the evil they’ve been plagued by.
This movie is a fairly cookie-cutter teen horror/thriller, right down to the pseudo-romance between Quinn and Matt. Honestly, most of these PG-13 horror movies almost seem like they would be better suited as a television show instead of a slightly-rushed movie. It would definitely give more time to get to know (and subsequently care about) the characters before they get picked off. It also doesn’t help that it appears as though a decent amount of material was cut for time (or just completely reworked/reshot), including a classroom scene with Dr. Sullivan where he talks with his students about the app. As for the actors, they all do well with their roles, including Peter Facinelli, who plays the aforementioned Dr. Sullivan, though he’s not a teacher, he’s a lecherous surgeon who tries to assault Quinn.
The special effects are okay, though some of the demon rending is a little off. The background filler isn’t noticeable.
Anyone who likes jump scares with probably enjoy this movie, as that’s about all the horror it has. The ticking clock timeline adds some tension and helps the movie some, though not much. As for hardcore horror fans, it’s a coin toss. It can definitely be easily rewatched, and doesn’t need one’s full attention to follow.
Countdown is currently not available free to stream anywhere, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
I’m always looking for new things to watch/read, so if you have a suggestion for me, just let me know!