Initial release: September 16, 2016
Cast: Robbie Amell, Rachael Taylor, Shaun Benson
Main Characters: Renton - Hannah - Cuz - Sonny - Father
Director: Tony Elliot
Genres: Thrillers - Sci Fi Thrillers
REVIEW: ARQ is one of those movies that starts with a bang and ends with a bang. The film starts with Renton and Hannah waking up suddenly while being attacked by a group of masked men. What starts as an assault, quickly morphe into murder when Renton gets killed. Just as sudden, and in the same type sequence of events another scene starts with the same introduction, with the same effect and with a variation in the end.
Renton is an engineer who worked for a company who fights to maintain possession of whatever energy is left in the world. After stealing some information Renton hides from the world and builds a machine that produces unlimited energy, but by doing so he sets a bulls-eye on himself. The world is at war and there are 2 factions, the rebellion who fights big companies for whatever resources are left in the world, and the large corporations who fights each other and the rebels while trying to maintain control of the energy left.
Hannah was Renton’s girlfriend who was captured by Renton’s former employee and tortured. As a result, Hannah becomes part of the resistance and fights for survival, but while doing so she also turns against Renton.
As the story develops we are yet again introduced to more and more scenes of the same nature but each with a different twist and turn. After series of loops we get to see where the story is going and what the finality of the machine is. ARQ is an entertaining flick but one that leaves a lot of questions unanswered. ARQ is an interesting film, yet not necessarily memorable. The time travel sequences while they provide clues and add an excitement, can at some point become annoying. While it doesn’t fall under a very dark and twisted sci-fi thriller it does keep the viewer occupied enough to stimulate the mind.