Countdown posits that in a paranoid world of self-doubt and infinite anxieties, brought on by the deluge of overflowing content material, there’s one app that might put an finish to endless questions with one easy, and closing, piece of knowledge: settle for the phrases and circumstances and see the date you’re going to die, right down to the second.
It’s an ominous promise, one which depends on a perverse curiosity — within the consumer, and within the cinema viewer — to see what occurs when a stay clock decides how lengthy you’ll keep alive. Will it put your thoughts at relaxation for years to return, or set off a ticking time bomb as a result of explode too quickly?
Elizabeth Lail has everygirl charisma as Quinn, and might’t resist the all-in pattern to obtain Countdown. She finds out she solely has a few days left — and so unfolds a nervous mission to get to the foundation of the hellscape. She, and the storyline, reveals promise, however in the end has too little to work with. She seems and seems like each hopeful and healthful heroine thrown in the course of a nightmare, and the haunting visions of wispy black capes, greyed pores and skin and bared, sharp enamel are as generic as they arrive.
There are just a few makes an attempt at comedy, from a lazy tech man pleased with his jail-breaking expertise to a hipster superstitious priest, however the movie doesn’t have sufficient in the best way of sturdy world-building to make credible the fact of a recent app constructed, allegedly, by up to date folks. The neat subplot in opposition to sexual harassment within the office principally works, and a Frozen-esque ‘sisters over misters’ ethical ties issues up properly. It’s only a disgrace that the app’s one-line pitch — telling the consumer that life-changing (or -ending) info is just one obtain away — is as deep and complicated because the risk will get.
The topical nightmare has potential to get beneath your pores and skin, however depends an excessive amount of on acquainted leap scares and simple violence to realize something long-lasting or actually groundbreaking.