Starring: Dianna Agron, Jay Ali, Melora Hardin, and Saul Rubinek
Director: Alexis Jacknow
While Clock tries to examine the hardships and uncertainties of motherhood, it can’t seem to effectively deliver its overall message. I couldn’t tell if the film wanted to be a horror movie or a commentary on the modern day expectations women face when it comes to wanting to have children. It struggles to combine all of its themes into a united front, and it can’t seem to fully execute them in the right manner either. Ultimately, though, the movie lacks depth, which is a bummer because the lead, Dianna Agron, does give a decent enough performance.
While I understand what Clock is trying to do…and, admittedly, there are some creepy moments and mildly effective jump scares…the movie itself is a bunch of nonsense. That said, it’s possible that women dealing with the pressures of having children will get more out of the movie than I did, but I found myself disinterested in most of the story despite certain segments kinda working. On the other hand, there also are moments that are (I assume unintentionally) hilarious, and some of the blunt metaphors are a bit much. Overall, it’s easy to see why Hulu quietly released it with almost zero promotion.
Clock is a visually appealing horror film that effectively tackles its subject matter, and for that, I applaud its efforts. That being said, it feels very “made for television”...like an elongated episode of The Twilight Zone…because it all comes across as being truncated and less than fully fleshed out. Despite the promising premise, it doesn’t manage to tie everything together at the end of the film. Still, there is a great deal of promise here, and while I can confidently say I was never bored, I also must admit that Clock’s unpolished presentation and unsatisfying ending really hold this film back.