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12:01 Reviews

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November 14, 2018
12: 01 will probably shock the uninformed. It is Groundhog Day with different faces and plot. What's even more shocking is they were both released in the same year. One look at the wiki page of this movie confirms my suspicion that there was a legal tussle between the makers of this film and that one- It is shocking how similar the premise is. Having said that this is a decent enough film, if somewhat unremarkable. The same "time repeats itself" concept applies here and the only difference is this is a love story where the lady is shot and the lead must relive this everyday or do something about it. The lead actor is alright, he looks similar to David "Ross" Schwimmer of friends and the lead actress is beautiful. Jeremy Piven also co- stars, makes you wonder how long he's been in the game in Hollywood. (Groundhog day for television? You decide).
September 5, 2018
12: 01 will probably shock the uninformed. It is Groundhog Day with different faces and plot. What's even more shocking is they were both released in the same year. One look at the wiki page of this movie confirms my suspicion that there was a legal tussle between the makers of this film and that one- It is shocking how similar the premise is. Having said that this is a decent enough film, if somewhat unremarkable. The same "time repeats itself" concept applies here and the only difference is this is a love story where the lady is shot and the lead must relive this everyday or do something about it. The lead actor is alright, he looks similar to David "Ross" Schwimmer of friends and the lead actress is beautiful. Jeremy Piven also co- stars, makes you wonder how long he's been in the game in Hollywood.
½ July 30, 2018
12: 01 will probably shock the uninformed. It is Groundhog Day with different faces and plot. What's even more shocking is they were both released in the same year. One look at the wiki page of this movie confirms my suspicion that there was a legal tussle between the makers of this film and that one- It is shocking how similar the premise is. Having said that this is a decent enough film, if somewhat unremarkable. The same "time repeats itself" concept applies here and the only difference is this is a love story where the lady is shot and the lead must relive this everyday or do something about it. The lead actor is alright, he looks similar to David "Ross" Schwimmer of friends and the lead actress is beautiful. Jeremy Piven also co- stars, makes you wonder how long he's been in the game in Hollywood.
½ July 3, 2018
12: 01 will probably shock the uninformed. It is Groundhog Day with different faces and plot. What's even more shocking is they were both released in the same year. One look at the wiki page of this movie confirms my suspicion that there was a legal tussle between the makers of this film and that one- It is shocking how similar the premise is. Having said that this is a decent enough film, if somewhat unremarkable. The same "time repeats itself" concept applies here and the only difference is this is a love story where the lady is shot and the lead must relive this everyday or do something about it. The lead actor is alright, he looks similar to David "Ross" Schwimmer of friends and the lead actress is beautiful. Jeremy Piven also co- stars, makes you wonder how long he's been in the game in Hollywood. (Decent TV movie similar to Groundhog Day).
June 30, 2017
12:01: 6 out of 10: As made for television sci-fi films go this is defiantly one of the better ones. The sense of deja-vu one gets from watching it however is not necessarily from the same day repeating plot device but from the invariable comparisons to Groundhog Day.

In my always humble opinion Groundhog Day was one of the best films of the nineties. It told an eternal truth that many of us just repeat the same day over and over again without living any particular day to the max. 12:01 doesn't quite successfully hit upon that theme and so for much of the film it simply goes through the motions.

12:01 stars Helen Slater and Jonathan Silverman. Both actors never quite reached the promise of their early careers but both are certainly competent here. Slater just doesn't quite have the charisma of say a Helen Hunt and Silverman just never quite reaches the comedy of say a Jerry Seinfeld. Nevertheless they are both quite likable in their respective roles.

The story is a more serious sci-fi affair complete with giant science machines and bad guys that wouldn't be out of place in a TJ Hooker episode. With a relatively appealing cast and some nice humor 12:01 makes for a decent timewaster. Just don't be surprised if you feel you have seen it all before.
April 17, 2016
Entertaining, but Groundhog day was better.
April 7, 2015
Its groundhog day before groundhog day and edge of tomorrow. A man wakes up and relives the same day over and over, but this time there is actually an scientific explanation, making this movie more like a star trek episode then a twilight zone one. Unlike the 2 "relive the same day" movies i mentioned none of the days are skipped over in a montage, you get to see them all and each get a little closer. This movie does a good job of mixing is mystery, comedic and romantic elements, and it gets bonus points of coming up with the idea first. The lead guy was good but bill Murry is a better one. The biggest weakness of this film is its soundtrack,, 80's sounding synthonic garbage.
½ July 22, 2014
The story is a more serious sci-fi affair complete with giant science machines and bad guys that wouldn't be out of place in a TJ Hooker episode. Don't be surprised if you feel you have seen it all before.
½ December 19, 2013
using a plot borrowed from "groundhog day" the world is trapped in a 24 hour time loop
October 24, 2013
Sleeper tv-movie that really steps up to the plate. Good time-loop story...got a bit silly towards the end but 2/3rds is pretty solid. Supergirl has the whole hot nerdy thing down in this :D
July 17, 2013
A nice solid little piece of sci-fi; it's not as faithful to the original story as the 1990 short but it's much more entertaining.
February 13, 2013
Esta es una película poco conocida, pero que a mí me encantó. Yo alquilé la cinta en su momento, en vhs, ya que aparecía Helen Slater, que desde "Supergirl" me hice fan de ella. Este es un filme que funciona tanto como cinta romántica como película de ciencia ficción. Jonathan Silverman y Helen Slater hacen buena química. El filme cuenta con cameos interesantes como Martin Landau y Danny Trejo. Evidentemente que aparezca Helen Slater hizo que mi opinión sobre el filme se endulzara, pero creo que realmente la trama funciona bien y es muy entretenida. Muy recomendada.
½ June 24, 2012
This made-for-TV movie is a hidden gem. A sci-fi, a thriller, and a romantic comedy all in one package... sounds like a bad idea, but it actually works quiet well here. The plot is engaging and moves along quickly, and the intricacies of "repeating day" are well thought out.
June 1, 2012
Really cool tv movie. Nice new play on the ground hog dag premis.
April 11, 2012
It's undoubtedly trashy - Groundhog Day but with greater emphasis on science fiction, but it's so good natured, it actually works. Enjoyable tosh.
March 8, 2012
This is a brilliant and thought provoking, time travel film. An average office worker Barry Tomas â" who is played by the fantastic actor Jonathan Silverman - is trapped in a mysterious time warp, causing 24 hours to repeat over and over again. This causes him to wake up in bed every morning, finding the same day repeat itself. He must get to the bottom of this and save the love of his life. A story repeated in the recent Source Code and comedy Groundhog Day. This is a great film that should have been big; give it a go, you will love it.
January 19, 2012
Groundhog Day meets Canâ(TM)t Buy Me Love. Some cheesy 80s actor wakes up on the same day over and over â" only its scientifically explained â" and tries to save some cheesy 80s actress. And it works and they kiss in a very inappropriate place at the end. But it didnâ(TM)t hurt anybody. 6 bugs (out of 10)
½ June 18, 2011
This one surprised me. It starts out like a pieced-together scifi imitation of Groundhog day, with the comparison noted on the cover. The low budget aspects were obvious. However, as the story progressed, the message clarified, and Silverman pulled himself together in the lead role, communicating - I thought - more and more effectively what it was like to be reprising the same day - and dilemmas - over and over. By the end, I though, "Wow! This guy has outshone Bill Murray." It's a different story with a slightly different message, and it has emerged as one of my picks from among rediscovered scifi oldies!

Did a little research. This was produced concurrently with Groundhog Day, so not an "imitator" of the Bill Murray opus....
April 12, 2011
A film about the same day repeating over and over that came out the same year as Groundhog Day was bound to be over-shadowed, especially when it doesn't have the star factor of Bill Murray. But while Groundhog Day plays as a comedy and character redemption story, 12:01 is a serious sci-fi story and thriller. Having said that 12:01 does have a romantic element and some really funny moments too. This is a real unsung gem and well worth watching. Highly recommended.
½ March 6, 2011
A good fun rip-off of Groundhog Day with some early performances by some familiar faces.
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