So lucky I found this gem! Time Trap's premise, a cave where time moves differently, is simple, but new. While a little slow to start, the film builds steadily to a thrilling and clever finish.
The film starts with mystery and exploration, but morphs into almost a terror as they realize their situation and the immediate dangers. It ends in an action-oriented race for survival. I loved taking this journey with the teenage characters and a couple of the main actors are bound to be stars.
The film has an 80'svibe... it's a fun adventure like Indiana Jones but also a kid-esque movie like The Goonies. It has danger and death, but isn't gory, gritty, depressing, or mean-spirited. It's a fun adventure film that has a kind of throwback purity to it.
I've never been so pleasantly surprised by a film. The passion that each person brought really shows. They had a great, original concept and did a lot of interesting stuff with it. I love how it's truly an ensemble piece with each of the main characters having their time "in charge."
All the actors are good, but not all are great. The budget does hinder the sets and effects at times, but I can overlook those things when the filmmakers and actors bring originality and passion.
NOTE: Some reviewers have said the time distortion doesn't make sense, but they have simply misunderstood how the cave works. Although there are a couple of nitpicky questions you could ask, the time/cave/plot are all done correctly. Also, some have stated the characters are a little behind the audience in figuring things out... yes, they are, but they figure things out in a realistic way (and aren't aware they are in a film called "Time Trap"). Stumbling across a time anomaly or the other sci-fi elements, is something that would take a real teenager a few minutes to comprehend and accept, especially considering the emotional stress of being injured, having friends die, being attacked, stranded, and more all in the space of a couple hours.