Sunday, June 26

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘Time’s Up’ on Amazon, where Bella Thorne and her real-life fiance star

In Time is upNow streaming on Amazon Prime Video, real-life couple Bella Thorne and Benjamin Mascolo play a dedicated physics student and bad swimmer who unexpectedly falls in love with each other after her uptight boyfriend neglects her. Set in an unidentified and romantic suburb Rome, Italy, Time is up wants to show us that it is never too late to learn to live life to the fullest. (I believe?).


The essence: Vivien (Bella Thorne) is “serene.” Happiness is overrated, after all. She has a rather nice boyfriend Steve (Sebastiano Pigazzi), a star swimmer, a supportive best friend (Bonnie Baddoo) by her side, and loving parents who seem to want the best for her (even if her father travels a lot). more than usual). Vivien has a passion for physics and is currently studying for a big exam that will potentially make or break her college future. Roy (Benjamin Mascolo), one of Steve’s swim teammates, meanwhile struggles to stay focused in the pool, thoughts of his late mother and tumultuous relationship with his father spinning through his head. They are gearing up for a big swim meet in Rome that is two weeks away, after which Roy might find out what the future holds, and Steve promises to be a more caring boyfriend for Vivien.

In the weeks leading up to the meeting, a lot happens; Vivien realizes that her parents’ marriage is not as happy as she thought, and she fails her big test, too stressed and exhausted by the revelations about her parents to take it. Her relationship with Steve only grows strained, and when he doesn’t show up to a Halloween party, she unexpectedly joins Roy, but only for a moment before he gives up to continue training for the swim competition. In an effort to revive her relationship with Steve, she flies to Rome during the encounter to surprise him. However, when she can’t find him at the hotel, she ends up spending the day with Roy, who is happy to show her his native Italy. Sparks fly between the two as they grow closer, but with secrets about to be revealed at any moment and the future at stake, their happiness together may be short-lived.

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Which movies will it remind you of ?: Time is up I could remind you a little of the After films, The kissing booth, Y everything the other bad teen movies with ridiculously soapy twists and turns.

Performance worth watching: I have to give it to Rome. (Yes, the city of Italy). It’s the only thing worth seeing in this movie.

Diálogo memorable: There are many lines in Time is up which are totally absurd or just unintentionally funny, but “Are you serious? The day I almost died, don’t you remember what I was wearing? could take the cake.

Sex and skin: Some sexy pool fantasies, masturbation under the covers, and some nudity and misty sex.

Our Take: Time is up It’s one of those movies that gets a little dumber every time it tries to be serious. From its falsely deep physics-related opening and closing narration to dramatic confrontations with little or nothing at stake, it’s honestly hard to tell what’s going on in this movie. This is probably the least of the movie’s sins, but the title is incredibly vague and means next to nothing in relation to the movie’s story, and the central message isn’t clear either. Who are these people and what is really at stake here? Why is everything so dramatic? And * what * is this big test you’re taking? We are given so little information on anything that the stakes are never properly raised, leaving us with an oddly stiff and emotionless viewing experience (despite the film’s attempts to tell us how IMPORTANT these things are).

With a no-nonsense script, forced and serious dialogue and robotic performances, Time is up it doesn’t really justify itself. Even some of the shots of Rome look cheap, which is sad, because it is obviously one of the most beautiful places in the world. Maybe it was fun for Bella Thorne and Benjamin Mascolo to love him on screen in a way that is generally reserved for our Instagram feeds? I’m glad they had a good time, at least. It’s more than I can say to any of us that we were forced to sit still amid the unimaginative, untidy clutter that is. Time is up, a film so devoid of substance and history that I wonder if calling it a “movie” is too generous.

Our calling: SKIP IT. Filled with wooden performances, forced dialogue, and a climax so ridiculous you can’t help but laugh. Time is up it’s a forgettable mess.

Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining auctions, grabbing the mic at karaoke, and tweeting thirsty. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

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