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Movie review: Continuum, Season 1

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Movie review: Continuum, Season 1

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In the year 2077 a group of condemned terrorists avoid their punishment by escaping through time into the past. What they didn't count on was accidentally taking police officer Kiera with them. Struggling to get back home, Kiera knows that first she must deal with the terrorists to avoid them changing the future.

Rachel Nichols (Kiera), Victor Webster (Carlos), Erik Knudsen (Alec), Stephen Lobo (Matthew), Jennifer Spence (Betty), Lexa Doig (Sonya), Omari Newton (Lucas), Roger Cross (Travis), Luvia Peterson (Jasmine), Tony Amendola (Kagame).

Continuum starts off with a fair amount of background showing us how the terrorists were captured, and how they escape into time. From there the story devolves into something of a typical cops-and-robbers type series with a bit of futuristic technology thrown in to keep things interesting. As the series continues drama takes a bigger role as the plot becomes more complicated and characters intertwined. The first season finishes with obvious anticipation of another season, leaving us hanging and wanting more.

Acting was decent enough though Nichols felt a bit wooden at times. Webster was a nice addition and picked up the emotion Nichols left out. Knudsen, Newton, and Amendola all did nicely as did the remainder of the supporting cast.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all good and had a nice quality feel. Effects, both physical and CGI, were well done and added good balance to the series. Dialogue was good and helped explain quite a bit. Sound and soundtrack were both solid.

Overall Continuum is an interesting series but it never quite builds a high level of energy, nor does it use enough of the time-travel futuristic aspect. Time-travel and sci-fi fans will enjoy this the most. Drama fans might find the series somewhat interesting as well.

With some violence this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2013
Reviewed: 9.23.13
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Crime TV Drama, Time Travel, TV Drama, TV Sci-fi & Fantasy, Crime TV Shows

copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel

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