Continuum really is a strange beast of a film.

A science-fiction thriller that actually lacks much in the way of thrills, this is another of those movies where the better prepared you are going in, the more likely you are to enjoy the whole thing.

Anyone expecting flashy graphics and time-travelling thrills and spills are likely to be disappointed, but if it’s an at-times moving examination of life, love, loss and family that you are after, then you’ve come to the right place.

The film originally follows married couple Gabe and Marika (Rufus Sewell and Gillian Anderson) – he’s a scientist who dabbles in the quirkier side of things, fascinated by the theory of being able to time-travel back to 1946 and meet Einstein.

While on a business trip Gabe simply ‘disappears’, leaving a trail of tantalising clues and hints, but when he fails to return, he is declared dead, leaving Marika and their young son to pick up the pieces.

Fast forward a good few years and the son, Erol, now played by an all-grown-up Haley Joel Osment, is still providing the crutch for his mother, who has turned to pills to try and mask the pain.

Turns out Erol is quite the accomplished scientist himself and, before long, teaming up with his grandfather Sal (Victor Garber) he realises that his father’s work into time-travel may have more of a success than any of them ever realised…..

As stated at the outset, writer/director Richie Mehta’s effort is squarely aimed at the cerebral, pushing to make you think rather than simply be entertained.

But there’s also a sizeable emotional heft going on here – and I have to admit it got me on that score.

An awful lot of that is down to the cast, with not a duff performance to be seen.

Sewell doesn’t have a tremendous amount to do, but does it well, while Anderson’s take on the grieving widow is touching.

But Osment is the standout here – a troubled, confused, torn, weary, eye-catching display that serves as another far-from gentle reminder of the talent he has.

There are issues here – the pacing is an issue at times, while certain scenes border on melodrama.

However, these are minor quibbles in an intelligent, adult, twist on sci-fi that deserves a far greater audience than it is likely to find.

DVD Review: Continuum
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Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.