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Netflix Hidden Gem: Time Trap

Netflix is a wasteland of low budget garbage. Check out this hidden gem to avoid wasting your time.


Time Trap is a sci-fi movie that you can find in Netflix’s catalog. The plot of the movie is “A group of students becomes trapped inside a mysterious cave where they discover time passes differently underground than on the surface”. It sounded interesting enough to add to my Netflix list, but for one reason or another, I always skipped over it when deciding what to watch. Finally, over a year later, I decided to trust my instinct and put on the film, and I was not disappointed.

While the film is definitely sci-fi, it isn’t over the top science fiction from the gate, which is a big turn-off to many people (myself included). The beginning toes the line between horror and thriller which I thought was perfect. When those two genres begin to grow stale, the sci-fi elements kick in along with the mystery, which recaptures the viewer. Initially, I thought the movie was gonna be The Descent but worse. However, I was pleased that the director decided to keep things interesting and change the tone of the movie as the character’s situation progressed.

While the acting and script aren’t the best, the plot of the movie will keep you glued to the screen till the end. The movie doesn’t rely on stupid character decisions to advance the story, as the situation is dire to begin with. I often found myself trying to figure out how the characters could possibly right their wrongs and come out on top, but as the movie progressed I began to feel as helpless as the heroes did. I always like to put myself into the character’s shoes while watching a movie. What would I have done differently? Would I have reacted the same way, or have been clever enough to deal with whatever task is at hand? Time Trap does an excellent job of moving forward logically to ensure eye rolls are kept to a minimum as dread builds.

I’m not saying this is the best movie on Netflix, not by a long shot, but it certainly is a fun, short film that is flying under most people’s radar. The film held my attention through the entire 95 minute run time, but most importantly I had a good time while watching this movie. If you throw this movie on, you won’t be disappointed, I guarantee it.

EMDb Score: 5.9/10