A diver stranded at sea astral-projects into the past to save his future self from drowning.
I have to say I fucking love time travel, and was pretty much excited by the 10-second title-card before the film even started. Here we find a real high stakes concept married to this particularly bizarre there’s-no-place-like-home logic of time travel. So sold.
Some very slick editing and cinematography was let down by a really small framing problem, as we’re clearly watching the struggling scuba diver from the safe confines of a boat. I wanted to be in the water with him, seeing stuff from his point of view, being as scared as he was. The high angle gave an almost comical look to the film (audience laughter in the opening shot?), and it took me a while to get a hang of the serious tone of the film.
I found the incorporation of the random elements pretty jarring. It is kind of challenging given the concept of the film (stuck at sea, talking to himself), but make sure you’re not spelling it out too clearly for the audience (the underlining of I LIED made me cringe).
Having the last shot played under the final credit undercut a pretty bold ambiguous ending. I say go one-way or the other. The ending is the conceit… what are you trying to say? How do you want to leave the audience?