At a party, a group of friends is sitting around and after some conversation, talk about an app called Countdown. It tells you the exact moment that you die. The group decides that whoever has the least time to live loses and has do drink a lot of alcohol. One of the girls there named Courtney says that she has the least time left with only three hours to live. Her boyfriend Evan drinks the alcohol for her and makes the amazing decision to drive home drunk. When she gets out of the car, the app says that she has violated the terms and she is attacked later by something when the timer hits 0. Her boyfriend hits a tree at the same time and the tree ends up where she was sitting.
A nurse named Quinn ends up meeting Evan in the hospital and he tells her the story of what happened. She tells her coworkers and they all download the app. Quinn’s phone tells her she has three days and things get stranger from there.
COUNTDOWN is written and directed by Justin Dec. This is his first full-length feature with several video shorts on his resumé.
Elizabeth Lail as Quinn Harris
Jordan Calloway as Matt Monroe
Talitha Bateman as Jordan Harris
Tichina Arnold as Nurse Amy
P.J. Byrne as Father John
Peter Facinelli as Dr. Sullivan
Anne Winters as Courtney
Dillon Lane as Evan
The video is a 1080p AVC presentation that has a solid transfer. The details are sharp in both the foreground and background. A lot of close-ups in the faces and some things like a grimy cell phone on a dirty floor looks natural. As for the coloring, there are some bold spots in the nurses’ purple scrubs and the bright, daylight scenes. Skin tones are also natural and have a warm tone to them. The texture of the creature’s “skin” can be seen easily and shows in the transfer. Also, with a lot of the movie being in darker areas and shadows, there are still some nice contrasting in the transfer.
The audio is a lossless DTS-HD Master Transfer 5.1 mix. The track does its job being dialogue-heavy in the front. The horror moments use the rest of the speakers and have decent movement in the sound field. The sound field also has some expanding echoes in empty hospital halls, stairwells, and churches. The dialogue is well prioritized with the effects.
SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING:
There are no extras on the release.
2-Disc Set w/ 1 Blu-ray and 1 DVD
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
THE BOTTOM LINE:
COUNTDOWN is similar to a lot of the horror films have teens in mind where something as seemingly harmless as cell phone app is what sets things off. The creature has an interesting look to it with a mix of what looks like both practical and CGI effects to bring it to life. The video transfer is excellent and the audio is nicely done. Unfortunately, there are no extras included so there is not a whole lot of info about the film and its production. Maybe give this a rent of you’re interested in definitely try before you buy.