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'Justin Time'
(Chris Laird, Shareece Pfeiffer, et al / DVD / 12+ / (2008) 2010 / MTI Home Video)

Overview: An ancient stone amulet and calendar disc has the power to stop time. Passed from generation to generation, these magical artifacts end up in the hands of an 18-year-old half Shoshoni Indian named Justin, who chooses to use his power to make the world a better place. But on the other side of the equation is the power-seeking philanthropist, Michael Romano, who seeks to indulge in the riches of the world.

DVD: Having just (literally) watched 'Justin Time' I have to say, first off, what a great little adventure movie this was. And then to hear that there was once a movement to get it picked up as a TV series, well that just made so much sense - given the ending, of course. But, they claim that due to the economic downturn that didn't happen, so they decided to keep it as a stand-alone movie.

The story is about a Native American boy (a very un-native looking Chris Laird) that is orphaned as a young child and his father leaves him an amulet. One that has been passed from father to son for generations. His uncle gives him this amulet on his birthday, but we soon discover that a) someone else out there is after it (for global domination!) and b) that he himself once connected to its power can stop time - albeit for just 60 seconds at a time!

But, with two other pieces to this puzzle supposedly scattered around the US (although they suddenly all show up in the same town, of course!) there are a few other groups of people anxious to gather them all together - to experience what the amulet and its other pieces can really do when put together!

Anyhoo, the story fires along nicely, doesn't have any slow pacing, some cheesy sentences for sure, but for the most part the acting of the main character is A+. That said, the background cast seem to get the slapstick B-movie lines, and yet seemingly have been told to huff and chuckle their way through them regardless.

Moving on, and we get to two very important cast members - the stunningly beautiful daughter of the billionaire looking to become master of the universe, Algelic Romano (Shareece Pfeiffer) and Justin's best buddy, Harvey (Alyx Gaudio). Both are capable second and third in command when it comes to keeping the story alive, delivering their lines wonderfully.

As for what to expect throughout the movie, and without giving anything away, well, Justin does a wicked near spot on rendition of Captain Jack (Depp style), one of Matthew McConaughey too, Harvey dresses like a girl (and by God, even looks like a girl in the scene!), and we even get a faux U2 riff kick into the snowboarding scenes!!

All in all this is well worth the money to invest in. Clean cut, family fun with an adventurous edge, and with the additional bonus of the Melrose Placesque Shareece Pfeiffer to boot, 'Justin Time' SHOULD have been a Disney Channel TV series ... so, shame on them! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:

Interactive Menus
Scene Selection
Optional Spanish Subtitles