Cuba Gooding Jnr races against time in Ticking Clock (2011)
Ticking Clock is a 2011 psychological sci-fi thriller about an investigative journalist who comes into possession of his girlfriend’s killer’s notebook which contains names of all his intended victims. The film is directed by Ernie Barbarash and stars Academy award winner, Cuba Gooding Jnr and Neal McDonough.
Gooding Jnr plays journalist Lewis Hicks whose private life is struggling and relationship with his girlfriend, District Attorney Felicia Carson has just hit a dead end because of his inability to let go. However, when he finds her murdered in her house by a unknown assailant (Neal McDonough), he becomes prime suspect in the eyes of lead detective Ed Becker.
Matters get even complicated when Hicks finds the journal belonging to the killer with names and dates of his next murder. Will Hicks hand this vital piece of evidence to the police? Or will he take matters into his own hands?
The plot is interesting and involves time travel and how changes in one timeline can change the outcome of another. As a sci-fi fan there are a couple of questions that need answering like why nothing changes when our antagonist kills his first and second victims. I am also left questioning why the antagonist carefully chose instances in his past to correct his future when he knows it does not change – even though he claims to be correcting his past.
The acting is not Oscar worthy but believable. Gooding Jnr puts up man caught up in the trauma of his work which affects his own personal life. Meanwhile, McDonough is a scary cat especially with is piercing eyes that give his deranged genius character a face brilliance and insanity.
Despite the holes in the logic of story, the film is entertaining and explores the past we could change or want to change.