Retroactive (1997)



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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.

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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.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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A high-energy road thriller with a time-travel twist. A fast, fun 90 minutes.

Mar 2, 2006 | Rating: 7/10

Belushi's career just got flushed down the toilet

Sep 17, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

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

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5

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.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 52/100 | Full Review…

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

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