Retroactive (1997)





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Movie Info

Escaping a deadly situation, a Chicago police psychiatrist finds herself at the remote laboratory of a scientist who has just successfully travelled backwards in time. Using his device, she goes back twenty minutes in hopes of saving a woman's life. Unfortunately, things don't go as well as she'd hoped.

Rating: R (For violence and language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Phillp Badger, Michael Hamilton-Wright, Robert Strauss, Phillip Badger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 15, 2001
Cohiba Pictures

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Critic Reviews for Retroactive

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

With its explosive action, black comedy and far-fetched sci-fi imposed on an otherwise vaguely plausible crime thriller, this modest indie film is reminiscent of such low budget '80s exploiters as Tremors and the work of Charles Band.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A high-energy road thriller with a time-travel twist. A fast, fun 90 minutes.

March 2, 2006

Belushi's career just got flushed down the toilet

September 17, 2002

Sure, it remains standard action movie fare, but is one of the better examples of the genre.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Sci-Fi Movie Page

There's nary a talented bone up there. But surprise, this isn't such a bad movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

If a repulsive main character and lots of bloodshed appeal to you, Retroactive might be your movie. But that's about all it has going for it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Retroactive


Similar in structure (at a very basic level) to Groundhog Day and the more recent Source Code, Retroactive doesn't have the same humor or intelligence of either of those films. The set-up feels rushed, mostly do to a weak script. There's some energetic action scenes, but the back-story is treated so slightly, that nothing has much weight to it. The fast pace does help cover for some of the silliness, but in the end you have something that doesn't add up to much. Had they had a more convincing bad guy (James Belushi isn't at all intimidating), it definitely would have helped a great deal.

2.5/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

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I very much enjoyed this movie, it had a very clever plot and at least it is reasonably original. The performances are good. Frank Whaley and M. Emmet Walsh are terrific in supporting roles, Kylie Travis creates a strong central role and James Belushi is surprisingly effective in role against type. Fantastic pace, fascinating premise with a time travel element. Good editing and cinematography. Nicely done, always interesting.

James Higgins

Jim Belushi gets to play a bad guy in the action version of "The Butterfly Effect" where explosions and gunfights abound.

Rick LeBlanc

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