A beautiful, structurally daring exploration of the effects of time upon one’s relationships with the people they’re close to in life. The film crackles with energy, with a fantastic script from Sorkin, and Boyle handles the transitions between the three time periods (the film is essentially three scenes, each in a different time period) very well, and Fassabender is utterly fantastic. The scene around the midpoint, intercutting between separate arguments Fassabender and Daneils have, is possibly my favourite scene in a film this year – it excels on every level, the writing, music, acting, editing all magnificent. My only real issue with the film is the ending, which felt a tad tonally off to me, too sentimental and mawkish.
I give it four Mac computers, and a system error.