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Toronto After Dark Review: ‘James vs. His Future Self’

October 16, 2019Ferdosa Abdi

A sci-fi comedy filled with a ton of humor and earnestness, James vs. His Future Self features a a whip-smart script, strong performances, and a heartwarming message at its core.

The film follows James (Jonas Chernick), a scientist obsessed with trying to crack time travel, whose loving sister Meredith (Tommie-Amber Pirie) and best friend/possible love interest Courtney (Cleopatra Coleman) begin to pull away from him after putting up with his antics for far too long. Though on the verge of great scientific discovery, James' fixation on his work threatens to destroy his personal relationships. That is, until an eccentric old man (Daniel Stern) who knows what will become of James if he continues down this destructive path drops into his life — because he is James from the future.

Directed by Jeremy LaLonde, the result does what most science fiction attempts to accomplish. James vs. His Future Self teaches us to be unconcerned with what is ahead and not to be weighed down by what was in the past. Be in the moment, because you don't want to miss what's right in front of you.

James vs. His Future Self makes its Toronto premiere at the 2019 Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 34 min.

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