Mega Time Squad

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The most hard out time traveller in Thames.

A low-level crim uses an ancient time-travel device to pull off heists and save himself from past/future harm in this crime comedy set in Thames, New Zealand. From the director of Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song, starring Jonny Brugh (What We Do in the Shadows) and Milo Cawthorne (Deathgasm).

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Comedy, Crime, Science Fiction

79mins

Rating: R13 Violence & offensive language

New Zealand

Kiwi director Tim van Dammen follows up his trailer-trash Romeo & Juliet: A Love Song with a benignly bonkers, time-travelling tale of would-be gangstas. When John (Anton Tennet) steals a mystic bracelet and discovers it’s actually a time-travelling gizmo, things get crazy, as John inadvertently creates multiple clones of himself - and not a little chaos - in a delightful comedy centred on dim-witted crooks.

It’s a clever script, but as Bruce Willis’s character Joe says to his younger self in Looper: “I don't want to talk about time-travel, because if we start talking about it then we're going to be here all day, making diagrams with straws.” Sure, it sags a bit in the second act, but with heaps of more hit than miss humour, farcical slapstick, misunderstandings, Chinese triads, low-rent Kiwi crooks, and a synth-heavy 1980s-style score, the hectic pace keeps things fast and fun throughout. Dry, droll and distinctly Kiwi, think a comic take on 12 Monkeys, or a small-budget Big Trouble in Little China, only set in Thames, and you’re part way there.

With Hetty Gaskall-Hahn as John’s tough crush, Kelly, and What We Do in the Shadows' Jonny Brugh as Shelton, the villain of the piece, Mega Time Squad features a great ensemble cast, playing everything from dumb to dumber. A delight best experienced in a packed cinema, if crazy, kooky, Kiwi comedies like Tongan Ninja and Deathgasm get you giggling, then this big-hearted, goofy parochial comedy knowingly hits all the right genre clichés, with a self-aware humour that celebrates and takes the piss in equal measure.

NewsHub.co.nz (Monika Barton)

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The film is full of the dry humour, comic timing and synthy '80s soundtracks we've come to expect from the likes of Taika Waititi; but it absolutely finds its own tone.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)

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A film destined to be this decade's Scarfies or Tongan Ninja.

Variety (USA)

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The unique mix of simultaneously droll and broad humour is very nicely delivered by a well-cast ensemble, resulting in a polished oddity that should make a splash at home, while attracting decent overseas interest.

FilmInk (Australia)

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...enjoyably silly and gorily slapstick laughs.

NZ Herald (Karl Puschmann)

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The script is foul-mouthed and very funny, revelling in its distinctly Kiwi rhythm and dialogue. There's a dry wit to the gags, frequently bordering on absurdism.