I make a deliberate point of reading little or nothing in terms of plot details or spoilers before watching a film and, as a result, knew nothing at all about Counter Clockwise before I sat down. As a result, the film left me confused as to what I was watching. Borrowing a few plot elements from The Fly (1986), the film has Michael Kopelow recklessly jumping in to test his own experimental matter transporter. My initial assumption was that he had travelled into a parallel timeline and it is not until well through the middle of the film that we learn he has actually travelled six months into the future. At this realisation, you cannot help but think a shot where he turns and looks at the calendar on the wall or some such would have helped to no end. It is until nearly half the film is over before Michael Kopelow travels back to where the events began and we see that what we are in the midst of is actually a time paradox film.
Ever since Back to the Future Part II (1989), there has been certain genus of time travel films that deal with the mind-bending paradoxes involved with time travellers slotting into their own past and trying to alter events from the margins of pre-established events. There have been some ingenious variations on this with Twelve Monkeys (1995) and especially in recent years with the likes of Timecrimes (2007), The Infinite Man (2014), Predestination (2014) and Synchronicity (2015), any of which I would recommend going and checking out for the pure pleasure of the corkscrew games they conduct in messing with an audiences sense of what is going on.
In comparison to these, Counter Clockwise does a routine job. There are a couple of scenes where it gets clever in the various conundrums but I cannot say that the film held me with any interest. The weirdest and most off-putting aspect is actually director George Moises sense of humour. Cast members have scenes where they try to deliver Tarantino-esque naturalistic monologues arresting police detective Cliff Morts has a piece in the middle of his interrogation about his weight-loss diet; or where CEO Frank Simms rants about the absurdity of having to wash your hands after you go to the bathroom to a tied-up Michael Kopelow that seem bizarrely out of place in their forced affectation. The most absurd and ridiculous of these is near the end where Kopelow is tied up (again) and henchman Bruce Amato has a monologue about wanting to have sex with the bodies of the two dead women lying in the room and then proceeds to do so.
Counter Clockwise was a debut film for Georgia-based newcomer George Moise. Moise made the film on a low-budget, taking on many of the roles behind the camera. He also co-writes and produces the film with his lead actor Michael Kopelow.