review by Bobby Blakey
The horror genre is notorious for taking on current events and technology and bringing it into some interesting stories. The latest takes on one of the biggest pieces of everyone’s life, the app which we all constantly download. Now the film Countdown is looking to make you think twice about downloading that next one. Could this film bring that something special to the genre to stand out or is not an app worth downloading?
Countdown follows a young nurse who downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die and it tells her she only has three days to live. With time ticking away and a mysterious figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out. I am a sucker for these kinds of movies and only ask for a few things for them to work for me. After seeing this trailer I felt it was a great idea and could offer up something special and while it works on some level it never fully went all in.
The whole vibe of the film is very Final Destination-esque which I loved and made all the better with modern technology that makes it relevant. I thought it might come off a bit cheesy, but they have crafted something that offers up some cool visuals and while reliant on jump scares still works. The issue is the rating which holds it back from its full potential. The kills and scares are effective, but always felt like it should have been so much more. There is a great visual of a creature character of sorts near the end that is so cool looking, but the horror fan inside me wanted more.
Make no mistake this is not a bad film I did enjoy it quite a bit. It offers up exactly what it promises and if you like films like this you will no doubt have a good time with it. I just wanted more and that’s on me. I love the way it leaves it open for sequels and do hope to see more entries into this franchise and give it time to really push the envelope in the future.
Download the app and see how much time you have left with Countdown available now on digital, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.