Ten 'Til Noon



Laemmle Theatres/Radio London Films

There's a whole lot of clock-watching going on in "Ten 'Til Noon," a gimmicky crime thriller that follows the trajectory of its individual characters during the same 10-minute period, give or take a few ticks.

But while director Scott Storm and screenwriter Paul Osborne like to think they're walking the walk and talking the talk of a Quentin Tarantino or Jim Jarmusch -- both of whom have done the multiple-perspectives thing with terrific results -- this version makes for a soggy rendering of pulp fiction.

Here we have Rick D. Wasserman in the role of Larry Taylor, a successful businessman who awakens one morning (guess what time?) to find two intruders in his room: the polite but gun-wielding Mr. Jay (Alfonso Freeman, son of Morgan) and the mysterious Miss Milch (Jenya Lano).

It would soon become apparent that Larry's time is about up, but there are many other characters who play a part (with varying degrees of proficiency) in his destiny and plenty more clocks that are all reset to 11:49.

Shot on digital video, the modestly budgeted production is not without a certain visual slickness, but each time there's yet another close-up of the appointed hour, the effect can't help but remind one of "Groundhog Day" minus the clever and entertaining bits.