Timeless LoveWritten by administrator
Timeless Love revolves around the idea that sometimes – despite one's heart being in the right place – things just don't work out as planned. Unfortunately, the same could be said about the movie itself, which features a whole slew of newcomers to the local film scene, and never gels quite enough to make the movie worthwhile.
The plot sounds good on paper: upon the passing of his grandmother (Cynthia Ruby Wang), a rich young heir, Morgan (Aloysius Pang), inherits his family fortune, which includes an old watch (courtesy of Solvil et Titus), and a lease of a resort island. Along with his best friend Sky (Xu Bin), and his ex-girlfriend Pepper (Josephine Chan), the trio take a trip to the island to understand more about Morgan's grandmother. There, they meet its caretakers, brother-sister team Eden (Joshua Ang) and Xiao Wei (Kimberly Chia), who are inexplicably intertwined with the visitors. Young love ensues…
Or doesn't, thanks in part to the inexperience on the part of the team involved. The film's narrative feels like a pastiche of events that never really adds up, with a meandering pace that also somehow manages to neglect several glaring plot holes. The film itself is interestingly shot and has a convincingly nostalgic tone, but the cinematography never really serves to tell the story. The result is a film that feels overproduced and hastily edited, with episodic 'chapters' interspacing the entire film.
Most of the young cast put in a valiant effort, and honourable mention must go to Kimberly Chia's earnest performance, if not its finesse. Xu Bin and Aloysius Pang have a natural onscreen chemistry that is more engaging than the rest of the cast put together. Sadly, newcomer Josephine Chan seems visibly discomfited onscreen, and makes virtually every scene she appears in feel painfully artificial.
While the film must be applauded for daring to take a step into the teenybopper genre – previously unexplored by local cinema – the lack of experience of the cast and unresolved plot resolutions prove to be too much for the film's exuberance to overcome. The result is a lacklustre first attempt by director Dasmond Koh, despite the promise shown by its young stars.
Summary: Potentially entertaining…but 'potential' just doesn't cut it.
Rating: 2/5 Raphael Lim