While "Repeaters" will have to deal with being compared to "Groundhog Day," the truth is that the two movies could not be any more different. Sure there's the whole time-looping thing, but that's about it. Article continues below
"Repeaters" focuses on three characters living at a drug-rehab center, who inexplicably end up repeating the same day over and over again. They quickly embrace their new gift, but then begin splitting into two camps. Kyle and Sonia want to help people, while Mike finds more satisfaction in raping and killing.
Throughout the movie Kyle questions whether his good deeds are actually making a difference, but can't simply allow for bad things to happen. Mike, meanwhile, slips further toward the dark side, causing Kyle to spend each day trying to stop him. The fear is that their gift will one day run out, but that doesn't stop Mike from attempting to kill his once-best friend.
There are plenty things to take away from "Repeaters," including whether punishment created by religion and law is the main factor in keeping people from hurting others. And why are some inclined to do the right thing, while others tend to go the other way?
There are way too many philosophical questions to tackle here, but for those simply interested in pure entertainment, you will not be disappointed. The film moves at a fast pace and will leave you discussing it for hours after you leave the theater. And unlike "Groundhog Day," the characters actually end up facing the consequences of their actions.
"Repeaters" has a few indie-looking moments, but nothing that doesn't keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. Actor Richard de Klerk did an incredible job playing evil Mike Weeks and will hopefully be recognized for it. Director Carl Bessai is definitely getting better at his craft, making me interested in checking out some of his previous work like "Cole," which also stars Richard de Klerk.
The film did a great job further exploring the "Groundhog Day" concept, which is why I'm now looking forward to Doug Liman's "All You Need is Kill," about a soldier who keeps dying during battle and then starts the same day from the beginning, but tougher and more skilled.