As many time loop narratives have been used in TV and film in recent years, new approaches to the trope are likely to be met with critical comparisons. This does not work in favor of 6:45, a horror film with a time loop set-up but none of the entertainment value found in Happy Death Day. At the same time, even if there was nothing to compare it to, 6:45 is unobjectively bad filmmaking.
Bobby Patterson (Michael Reed) takes his girlfriend Jules Rable (Augie Duke) for a weekend away in an island vacation town after a major fight but finds himself trapped in a nightmare that won’t end. The film begins with their arrival in the sleepy town, which is suspiciously missing other tourists. They have odd encounters with Gene (Armen Garo), the creepy manager of the inn they are staying at and run into an assortment of off-putting locals, but the film really kicks into gear after the couple is murdered by a shadowy stranger following them.
After watching his girlfriend murdered in front of his eyes, Bobby is also killed and wakes up at the start of their first day on the island. While Jules has no memory of the events Bobby is aware that the entire day is repeating itself. Even after making adjustments to avoid the killer, events play out in a similar manner and Bobby finds himself in an endless loop. Every day he wakes in the vacation town and must watch Jules die before being killed himself.
Although time loop narratives don’t always feel obligated to give a reason for the supernatural events, 6:45 leads to a twist reveal that is even more disappointing than ambiguity. Worse than that, it feels insulting to the audience. But even without a terrible ending, 6:45 often feels like a bad dream. The dialogue is cliché and unengaging, and the central relationship in the movie suffers as a result.
There are never enough reasons to care about the couple, which makes their deaths feel inconsequential. Repetition of events provide nothing new beyond extending the length of the screen duration to feature film length. With no sub-plot or side characters of importance, this is highly problematic. There is little reason for the audience to care enough about the story, unless it is curiosity to see how it ends. And that is likely to be unsatisfying.
There are no worthwhile special features on the disc. The high definition presentation of the Blu-ray simply makes the shortcomings of the filmmaking even more apparent. There really are very few reasons to rent or purchase this. Even family members of the cast might be better off avoiding 6:45, so that way they don’t have to struggle to find something nice to say.
Entertainment Value: 3/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 2/10
Historical Significance: 0/10
Special Features: 0/10