2:22 (2017 film)
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|Directed by||Paul Currie|
|Produced by||Bill Mechanic|
|Written by||Nathan Parker|
|Music by||Lisa Gerrard|
|Edited by||Sean Lahiff|
Walk The Walk Entertainment
|Distributed by||Magnet Releasing|
|Box office||$3.5 million|
2:22 is an American-Australian science fiction thriller film directed by Paul Currie, written by Nathan Parker and Todd Stein, and starring Michiel Huisman, Teresa Palmer and Sam Reid. The film’s plot involves air traffic controller Dylan Branson, who, thanks to a mysterious anomaly at 2:22, prevented the collision of two aircraft and met Sarah, with whom he opened the cruel mystery of the crossing of destinies. The film was released in theaters and on VOD on June 30, 2017.
The film starts with Dylan Branson (Michiel Huisman) dreaming about a homicide taking place at Grand Central Station that feels very real to him. He wakes up with a start and performs his daily routine while watching a news report about a star called Hamlin that died 30 years ago, but its light is still reaching Earth. Dylan then heads to work, riding his bicycle to Grand Central Station to catch the subway to New York JFK Airport, where he works as an air traffic controller with a serious talent in visualizing patterns. After work, he goes to bar with his co-workers and receives a ticket to an aerial ballet performance from his co-worker ex-girlfriend, as a joke gift for his upcoming 30th birthday.
The following day, at exactly 2:22pm, he almost causes a mid-air collision between two aircraft arriving and departing JFK Airport, nearly killing over 900 people, resulting in him being suspended from his job. The day after he is suspended, he attends the aerial ballet performance where he meets Sarah (Teresa Palmer). After the performance, they go to a restaurant and have dinner together. Dylan tells Sarah about his father being a pilot and that Dylan also trained to be a pilot but could never overcome his fear of flying. Sarah tells Dylan that she works at the Howard Pace Art Gallery. Dylan also tells Sarah about him being suspended from work due to the incident, and he finds out that Sarah was on the arriving aircraft. Dylan feels apologetic about the incident but Sarah is instead thankful to Dylan for saving her life. As they leave, they admit to each other that for a first date, they felt a deep connection and it felt like they had known each other forever.
The following day, while on the way to Grand Central Station, Dylan notices the same occurrences (a siren, a woman laughing, a man saying "can I help you with that?", glass breaking and construction sounds). At Grand Central Station, at 2:21pm, he hears the boarding announcement of the Millhurst Express, sees a business man reading his newspaper, a couple hugging, a line of preschoolers where the last child in the line drops something and a pregnant woman under the clock. At exactly 2:22pm, a window of the station shatters. He goes to meet Sarah at the art gallery and asks her to dinner, which Sarah says it's too early for, so they instead go to Central Park for ice cream. Sarah tells Dylan that she was a ballet student before she landed awkwardly during practice, tearing two of her knee ligaments. Wanting to lift Sarah's spirit, Dylan creates an improvised speaker using a paper cup and an ice-cream cone holder, and the two dance before kissing. Afterwards, they go to Dylan's apartment and make love.
The next morning, whilst in bed together, Dylan asks Sarah where she got her necklace from, to which Sarah tells him that it was a gift from her ex-boyfriend, Jonas (Sam Reid) who happens to be the main artist of the art gallery. Dylan then asks Sarah when her birthday is and they both find out that they were born on the same day; April 18, 1986, and that they are both turning 30 within a week's time. Dylan suddenly hears a car crash on the street below his apartment at exactly 9:15am, and he tells Sarah that it was the third day in a row that the same incident had happened.
Dylan takes a cab with a reckless driver towards Grand Central Station. As the driver takes the shorter route, Dylan again notices the same pattern of a siren, a woman laughing, a man saying "can I help you with that?" and construction sounds. Dylan then shouts for the cab driver to stop, which infuriates the cab driver, who turns around to tell Dylan to stop shouting at him. Then, a jeep crashes into the side of the cab, causing the cab's glass windows to break. Even though Dylan is injured, he still goes to Grand Central Station and sees exactly the same pattern of events. Dylan tells Sarah of these repeating patterns, but with different people carrying them out. Sarah does not believe Dylan, but helps to clean his wounds from the car accident. Dylan goes home and starts writing all the events of his day starting from 9:10am (a drop of water, a bug dying, a plane flying overhead, etc.) and realises that everything is repeating itself.
Dylan goes to the art gallery looking for Sarah, and realises that the art gallery is having an exhibition with Jonas' art piece as the main exhibition. Jonas has created a hologram exhibition about Grand Central Station, and Dylan sees that it's exactly like the events that he has experienced over the past few days (boarding announcement of the Millhurst Express, a business man reading his newspaper, a couple hugging, a line of preschoolers where the last child in the line drops something and a pregnant woman under the clock). Dylan assumes that Jonas is stalking him as only Dylan knows about these events. Dylan questions and attacks Jonas, resulting in a fight. In the audience is the owner of the Keifer Art Gallery who applauds, saying that it was a great idea to re-enact the homicide at Grand Central Station, and that he has an exhibit related to it at his gallery. Sarah apologises to Jonas about Dylan's attack. Later that night, Dylan texts Sarah for her forgiveness.
In the mean time, he finds a stack of envelopes hidden in his home. He finds out that a woman named Evelyn had written the letters to a man named Jake Redman (Duncan Ragg). Upon investigation, Dylan finds out that Jake was a criminal, although he was never convicted for his crimes as the police could not find enough evidence to convict him, while Evelyn was a singer, and the two were in a relationship. Dylan also finds a news article online stating that Jake had shot Evelyn and a policeman named Noah (Jack Ellis) in Grand Central Station in a fit of jealous rage, before being gunned down by the police on April 18, 1986; the same day both Dylan and Sarah were born.
Dylan then visits Evelyn's sister, who gives Dylan a stack of letters that Jake wrote to Evelyn, as she could never bear to read them herself. She shows him Evelyn's necklace that she is wearing, saying that it is all she needs to remember her. The necklace is identical to the one made by Jonas for Sarah. Evelyn's sister also tells him that Noah, the policeman, was taking Evelyn to Millhurst to keep her safe from Jake and that he, too, seemed in love with Evelyn. Dylan goes to Grand Central Station to buy a ticket for the Millhurst Express, but is told that the service was terminated 30 years ago and the train is now known as the Poughkeepsie Express. At exactly 2:22pm, the station's chandelier crashes to the floor.
Dylan connects the dots and realises that he was Jake in his past life, while Sarah was Evelyn, and that he would kill her at Grand Central Station on their birthday, April 18, 1986 at 2:22pm. He realises that the pattern of events that has been happening was leading up to the day they both would die. He tells Sarah this and she does not believe him. As she tries to calm Dylan down, Dylan insists that they both should break up as he would soon kill her, which he does not want to do as he knows that they are soulmates. They break up and Sarah leaves, leaving both her and Dylan heartbroken. Dylan contemplates suicide, which he is unsuccessful, and a distraught Sarah looks for Jonas in his apartment. Jonas offers to take Sarah to Millhurst to help her feel better about the break up.
The next day, both Jonas and Sarah's flight to Millhurst gets cancelled and they head to Grand Central Station to take a train. Meanwhile, Dylan looks for Sarah, breaking into Jonas' apartment in the process. He sees that Jonas recognises Sarah as Evelyn and that Jonas was Noah in his past life. Dylan figures out that Jonas is obsessed with Sarah and that he has a gun with him, and races to Grand Central Station. On his way, he attracts the attention of the police and leads them there.
At Grand Central Station, Jonas tells Sarah he has the tickets to Poughkeepsie, to which Sarah says she thought they were going to Millhurst. She tries to leave but is stopped by a crazed Jonas, who calls her Evelyn. Jonas wants Sarah to admit that she loves him, but Sarah refuses just as Dylan arrives at the station. Jonas thinks that Sarah called him there, becomes enraged and makes his way towards Dylan with a gun. Sarah sees the events unfold as Dylan had described them to her, and realises that she is the pregnant woman (with Dylan's baby) standing under the clock. Jonas first points his gun towards Dylan and then towards Sarah, intending to take her away from Dylan, saying "she'll never be yours." Dylan shields Sarah just in time but gets shot at 2:21pm.
The events from 30 years ago plays out with Dylan/Jake protecting Sarah/Evelyn from Jonas/Noah and at exactly 2:22pm Jonas gets shot by the police. Dylan falls in Sarah's arms and momentarily closes his eyes, having visions of Jake and Evelyn in love. However, Dylan doesn't die and Sarah looks at the clock, stating that it is 2:23pm and they have both survived. It turns out that Jake was framed for murdering Noah and Evelyn as the police wanted to save the reputation of their detective. Dylan says how the dying star, Hamlin, finally disappeared but a new star was born elsewhere.
In the last scenes, Dylan and Sarah are shown living happily together with their baby, with Dylan having finally overcome his fear of flying and is now a pilot.
- Michiel Huisman as Dylan Branson, an air traffic controller at New York’s JFK Airport
- Teresa Palmer as Sarah, a passenger on board an arriving flight during a near mid-air collision
- Sam Reid as Jonas, Sarah's ex-boyfriend
- Duncan Ragg as Jake
- Jessica Clarke as Evelyn
- Jack Ellis as Noah
- John Waters as Bill, Dylan's boss
- Maeve Dermody as Sandy, Dylan's ex-girlfriend
- Mitchell Butel as Howard Hutton
- Remy Hii as Benny
- Richard Davies as Inky
- Kerry Armstrong as Catherine
- Simone Kessell as Serena
- Zara Michales as Ellie
- George Papura as New York Tradesman
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2:22 was produced by Pandemonium's Bill Mechanic, Walk The Walk Entertainment's Steve Hutensky and Lightstream Pictures' Paul Currie. Garrett Kelleher of Lightstream, David Fountain and Kel West of Flywheel Entertainment and Jackie O’Sullivan served as executive producers. Although the film is set in New York City, the actual filming location was in Fox Studios Australia and Moore Park in Sydney, Australia.
Released on June 30, 2017, 2:22 grossed $3.5 million worldwide.
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