‘Small Time’: A Film Review

- September 26, 2012

"This film is very entertaining..."

This blog is written on behalf of the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and will serve as an honest, unbiased review of a few films that will be screening this year. Hopefully, these reviews will inspire conversation and discussion amongst other viewers and encourage the overall appreciation and dissection of this art we call film.

"Small Time" is a comedy about what would happen if time travel were invented. When Shane approaches Professor Byrne claiming that he invented time travel, the professor is, of course, skeptical about his discovery. But after looking at the research, the professor steals the credit for the invention and gains international acclaim. This ignites a rivalry that spans over time from Ancient Egypt to the near future as both characters raise the stakes with each event they change.

Unlike "Back to the Future" and films of that nature, "Small Time" chooses to spotlight the rivalry that forms when there is fight over credit for a fantastic idea. With an outlandish concept like time travel, this works very well in the film. If someone were to actually invent time travel, the fight for ownership of the idea would be quite a fiasco. Therefore the film puts the idea rights in the hands of a cocky, young student to provoke a squabble between the equally cocky, has-been professor. 

This film is very entertaining in the way the characters change each other’s lives until they eventually intersect in a funny and surprising climax.

Small Time Trailer from Ged Murray on Vimeo.

Selah Kahrmann is a sophomore at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design in the Moving Image Arts department. She is focused on screenwriting and has always had a passion for writing, which she hopes to have a career in after graduatation.