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I totally agree with the other two people who gave it five stars. 12:01 is in the tradition of the excellent Groundhog Day,but with a lot more action. Jonanthan Silverman is Barry Thomas who works in human resource department at a high tech company called Utrel. Jeremy piven shines a his coworker/best buddy who loves to pull practical jokes on Barry. Barry is in love with Lisa Fredericks played by Helen Slater,but she doesn't know he exists. Lisa is a hot shot scientist and doesn't run in the same circles. Lisa's boss Dr. Moxley played by Martin Landau secretly performs a time bounce experiment and it works. However,by sheer luck,Barry is the only one who knows the time bounce happened. It is hilarious to see Barry get frustrated over having to relive the same experiences over and over. However,his one bright spot is that he gets to know Lisa very well and fall more in love with her every time. This is a little known gem that you definitely don't want to miss. The movie mixes a well blended amount of action and comedy into one of the most enjoyable movies that I have ever seen.
Firstly, the only negative, some of the production values are a little less than they might have been regaurding the science, settings, and possible branches of the plot. It is still a very "cute" version, and in some cases seed, of ideas for time-loop movies. Such stories have been around for awhile in sci-fi but not many made it to theatres; (notable exceptions in Groundhog Day as an earlier title and Deja Vu as a later movie.) Jonathan Silverman's progression as the determined and gradually more self-aware Barry Thomas makes him a likable cubicle-cog who is reaching beyond his position in hopes of attracting ,and in fact saving the life of Helen Slater's character, Lisa Fredricks, the research scientist. Martin Landau plays the previously aggrieved company owner and creater of the accelorator, which has already generated the time bounce. The love branch of the plot is just stong enough to give Barry his motivation to daily renew, expand, and refocus his efforts as he is the only character in the universe given self-knowledge great enough to do so due to an electrical short and a lightning bolt at 12:01 A.M. (Remember the science aspects are limited.) Still, it's worth the "time" and when the ties to later, larger budget movies are considered the seed values are there.
In the same vein as 'Groundhog Day,' '12:01' is the story of a lovable smuck trapped into repeating the same unfortunate day over and over again; struggling to solve the time loop. Though a shorter movie than many(94 min.)and not truly exploring the full possibilities of loop, 12:01 still succeeds in being a fully-entertianing feature. I highly reccommend this DVD for anyone who enjoys the 'what if?' films.
This movie is the precursor to movies where the time bounces. It is very interesting how the ingredients of Groundhog Day are all here. This guy wakes up every morning and finds things happening in a certain sequence. He learns to pay attention. He loves this girl. The best lines prove that time is bouncing are actually related to the girl he loves. This is best if watched after you watch Groundhog Day. The line and the lessons learned are not the same but the idea is exactly the same. You will love this movie!
12:01 a must for any time traveler!
This movie has a nice twist!!
It is just like real life, you never know who or what is doing the deed till the whole day is played out!
If you are in to time travel, you have to have this in your collection!!
KC in Iowa