What was supposed to be the perfect vacation comes to a horrific crossroad for Detective David Ramsey (David A.R. White). Aboard a private yacht on the shimmering Sea of Cortez, his wife and friends suddenly disappear In the Blink of an Eye.
During the investigation David's captain (Eric Roberts) discovers a link between underworld crime, the boat captain and its owner. Just as David begins to unravel the mystery, he is shocked to wake up and find out it was just a nightmare, or was it?
Caught in a recurring turmoil of knowing tragedy is about to happen, he is powerless to stop it. As the day repeats, David unravels the evidence surrounding a worldwide Nostradamic event revealed in ancient Biblical prophecies of impending apocalypse. Now David fights against unseen forces desperate to uncover the truth before time runs out.
Groundhog Day Meets The Moment After
Producer and star David A.R. White credits producer Byron Jones with the idea for the screenplay, which is a combination of Groundhog Day and The Moment After. Each year there are new entries in the end times/prophecy genre, and In the Blink of an Eye is certainly the most interesting take on the apocalypse that I've seen lately. It's a combination of time-travel/shifting, apocalyptic fantasy and detective drama, but it feels like it's tried to tackle one genre too many.
PureFlix has a style of filmmaking and storytelling that's different from many other Christian production companies. They bring together evangelistic messages, humorous characters and interesting stories and create films that are entertaining to watch, yet still deliver a message. For me, In the Blink of an Eye misses that mark just slightly in its attempt to be many things all at once, coming close but not quite getting there.
The White Family Delivers
David A.R. White turns in his usual affable performance with some strong moments for his character. Skeptical of his friends' faith and worried about his wife's recurring disappearance, he gradually comes to the realization that God is trying to get his attention. But we have to wonder – why is it just Ramsey that is getting this second, third, fourth and fifth chance? What about his police captain? And when Ramsey does realize the choice he needs to make, why doesn't he tell more people about it? Is it really just so he doesn't have to go on without his wife and best friend?
As Ramsey's wife, David A.R. White's wife, Andrea Logan White gives a believable performance, and the pair's off-screen relationship easily translates onscreen. She comes to faith early in the film in an emotional scene that is easily her best moment of the movie.
Good Production Values
With each film they make, the production values improve for PureFlix. The setting for this film is gorgeous, and the yacht used for the majority of the scenes is something I'd love to vacation on. The camera action is very good, especially in the scenes on the boat, and except for a few shots where the angles and distances don't seem quite right, it's a nice piece of cinematography.
Add up everything and you have an entertaining film that's easy on the eyes, and if some of the storylines are a little tricky to follow, don't worry. They repeat themselves.
In the Blink of an Eye does not have an MPAA rating, but it would probably be rated PG for some violence and a storyline that is for adults, not really children. It does have a family rating of 4 Doves for ages 12+.
Courtesy of a national publicist, Angela screened a promotional copy of In the Blink of an Eye.