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Seconds Apart (2011) Review

Seconds Apart is a 2011 American supernatural thriller film directed by Antonio Negret and starring Gary Oldman, Thomas Jane and Olivia Wilde. The film follows two identical twin brothers who possess a deadly psychic connection, and use it to terrorize others.

The film opens with a brief prologue introducing the twins, Seth and Jonah, as young children. We see them using their psychic powers to play tricks on people, and it is clear that they are very close to each other. However, we also see that there is a dark side to their relationship, as they use their powers to harm people.

The majority of the film takes place in the present day, and we see the twins as adults. They are now using their powers to kill people, and they are enjoying the attention they are getting from the media.

The film is well-acted, and Oldman and Jane are particularly good as the twins. The film is also well-directed, and the suspense is effectively built up. However, the film is not without its flaws. The plot is somewhat convoluted, and the ending is rather unsatisfying.

Seconds Apart treads the old telepathic/brotherly love thread that we’ve seen before. It reminded me of David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, though i’d say it’s not as ‘cerebral’ a movie as that. That’s not to say it’s chopped liver by any means.

The movies main crux is the back story of the twins (as do other characters in the movie have their back story). How did they get this power? What exactly are they talking about when they mention ‘the project’? All of these questions are answered in the movie, though not until the end. It’s paced well in my opinion, there’s death right from the get go and the suspense and intrigue build up as the movie goes along.

Even though there are some sequences with gore, by and large Seconds Apart is fairly light on this front. Nor would i say this movie is really that scary, in terms of fright it’s pretty straight forward horror.

The thing that really helps Seconds Apart move along is the fine acting and the well crafted story. The twins, performed by real life twins Edmund and Gary Entin, are presented to us as callous bastards but as the movie progresses the twins relationship starts to alter and the inevitable friction this causes helps drive the movie along nicely.

Special effects wise Seconds Apart is very light, off the top of my mind i can’t remember seeing one piece of CGI in this movie, everything seems to have been done live (or the CGI was so good i could’nt tell the difference). Apart from the odd gore effect there is zero eye candy. Nor does Seconds Apart have any nudity.

Like I’ve said previously this movie is driven along by it’s characters and it’s story, if you think your up for more of a thinking man’s horror then I reckon you’ll get some entertainment out of Seconds Apart. Though if you want something that’s gonna excite you or get you hiding behind the couch your better off looking elsewhere frankly.

Overall, Seconds Apart is a well-made thriller that is worth watching.


Seth and Jonas are fraternal twins with a very special bond: they can sense each other’s thoughts and feel each other’s emotions. They’ve always been inseparable, but when they start high school, they suddenly find themselves drawn to different friends and activities.

As they grow apart, they begin to use their unique ability to gain an advantage over others. Seth starts dating the most popular girl in school, while Jonas becomes fixated on a girl who doesn’t even know he exists.

When their abilities start to cause problems in their personal lives, they realize that they need to find a way to use their power to help others, not just themselves.

Seconds Apart is a 2011 American supernatural thriller film directed by Antonio Negret and written by Jeffrey Redick. The film stars Odette Annable, Gary Oldman, and Thomas Dekker. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 31, 2011.

Movie Details

Director: Antonio Negret
Writer: Antonio Negret
Actors: Orlando Jones, Gary Oldman, Emma Roberts
Release Year: 2011